Legal Ethics

  • April 03, 2024

    Colo. Judge Unpersuaded By Insurer's 3rd Dismissal Bid

    A Colorado federal judge recommended keeping alive an insurer's lawsuit seeking a declaration that it doesn't owe $4 million in coverage to a climbing equipment manufacturer and its primary insurer over a recalled product, calling a third dismissal bid a "wasted effort."

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    Netflix Libel Trial To Feature Full Central Park 5 Series

    Jurors will watch Netflix's entire four-part dramatization of the Central Park Five rape case and exoneration before deciding whether the series defamed a longtime top prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday ahead of the trial.

  • April 03, 2024

    Trump's Late Immunity Motion Fails To Halt Hush Money Trial

    A New York judge on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's effort to delay his hush money trial based on his claimed presidential immunity from criminal prosecution, keeping the historic case on track for jury selection later this month.

  • April 03, 2024

    UMich Says Law Prof's FMLA Leave Can't Prevent Discipline

    The University of Michigan told a federal judge Wednesday that a law professor's need for medical leave did not mean administrators couldn't discipline her for allegedly walking out on certain teaching responsibilities, rebutting her claims that the university's actions were because of her race or gender.

  • April 03, 2024

    White House Refuses To Call For Justice Sotomayor To Retire

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday that any decision by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to retire is a personal choice for her alone to make, amid calls for the 69-year-old liberal justice to step down while President Joe Biden is in office and able to nominate her replacement.

  • April 03, 2024

    Judge Wary Of Atty's Bid To Cut Sentence For Hiding Assets

    A Seventh Circuit judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of an Illinois lawyer's contention that she should not have received an abuse-of-trust sentencing enhancement for helping her brother conceal more than $350,000 in bankruptcy assets, noting she deposited them in her attorney trust account and attempted to assert attorney-client privilege to hide her conduct from the trustee.

  • April 03, 2024

    Tort Report: Cert Bid For NY Gun Law; Insult Atty Update

    A high court challenge of New York's gun sales law and an update on disciplinary proceedings against an attorney who hurled insults at judges, calling them "scumbags," lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • April 03, 2024

    Sen. Durbin Urged To Pass Legislation To Curb Judge Shopping

    A coalition of more than 20 organizations have called on Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to curtail the use of judge shopping through legislation and oversight because they believe more is needed beyond the Judicial Conference of the United States' latest action to curb "right wing" influence over the courts. 

  • April 03, 2024

    Conn. Atty Disbarred For Theft Seeks Early Reinstatement

    A former Connecticut attorney has asked the state bar to reinstate him after he was disbarred in 2016 following his conviction in connection with charges that he stole from his employer, requesting the bar set aside an order stating he must wait 20 years to apply for reinstatement.

  • April 03, 2024

    Atty May Be Disciplined Over Filing Cases For Media Attention

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday referred an attorney to her court's grievance committee over a pattern of filing cases to garner media attention and pressure defendants to settle quickly.

  • April 03, 2024

    Trump Ally Brings Ethics Query Over Judge's CNN Interview

    An ally of Donald Trump has raised ethics concerns about a senior D.C. federal judge, complaining that the judge's statements on CNN about the former president's statements about the judiciary was "highly prejudicial" toward Trump's four pending criminal cases.

  • April 03, 2024

    Ex-Saul Ewing Paralegal Gets 2 Years For $600K Fraud

    An Illinois federal judge sentenced a former Saul Ewing LLP paralegal to two years in prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from the firm's bankruptcy practice over nine years, which she used to make mortgage payments, buy a car and partially fund her son's college education.

  • April 03, 2024

    Oil Company Says Judge's Recusal Not Needed In Cartel Suits

    Pioneer Natural Resources Co. fired back at gasoline buyers' attempt to recuse a Nevada federal judge from the parties' antitrust litigation over her stock ownership in ExxonMobil Corp., arguing that the company isn't a party to the case, and that the litigation should be transferred to Texas.

  • April 03, 2024

    Judge's Recusal Not Needed In Indiana Hospital Fall Suit

    An Indiana appeals panel rejected a woman's bid to revive her suit over a trip and fall injury she suffered while taking her grandson to a hospital in Hobart, saying the fact the judge's son worked for the hospital's law firm does not show there was a conflict requiring the judge's recusal.

  • April 03, 2024

    Special Counsel Tells Judge Cannon To Rule On PRA Issue

    The special counsel prosecuting former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate told U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that she needs to rule on Trump's argument that he was authorized under the Presidential Records Act to take the documents and cannot send the question of law to the jury.

  • April 03, 2024

    Houston Firm Ditches Proposed Data Breach Class Action

    A Texas federal judge threw out a proposed class action accusing Fleming Nolen & Jez LLP of waiting a month to disclose a cyberattack that exposed more than 100 clients' protected health information, citing the lead plaintiff's admission that she didn't even know if any of her data was compromised.

  • April 02, 2024

    Trump Wants New Bite At Recusal Over Judge's Daughter

    Donald Trump is again seeking the recusal of the judge overseeing his Manhattan criminal case, saying the judge's daughter and her political consulting firm stand to financially benefit from the case, while prosecutors argued Trump's "daisy chain of innuendos" isn't evidence that the judge, or his daughter, will gain anything.

  • April 02, 2024

    Judge Rides Denver Firm On Atty Fees In Elijah McClain Case

    A Colorado appellate judge pressed a Denver law firm Tuesday on how exactly it was entitled to millions of dollars in contingency fees in a high-profile civil rights suit after the mother of a slain man at the center of the civil rights case fired the firm before the case resulted in a $15 million settlement.

  • April 02, 2024

    DC Judge Grapples With Malice Claim In Nunes' WaPo Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday questioned whether former California Rep. Devin Nunes had shown The Washington Post acted with actual malice in publishing a 2020 article that discussed the congressman, as the judge weighed the newspaper's bid for summary judgment in defamation litigation brought by Nunes.

  • April 02, 2024

    Backlash To 3rd Circ. Nom Could Hamper More Muslim Picks

    Only two Muslims serve on the federal bench, well below the prevalence of people practicing the faith within the U.S., and the recent travails of a third picked to serve on the court might bode ill for adding more.

  • April 02, 2024

    Crowell & Moring Attys Avoid Bias Fault In Army Deal Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a Virginia-based defense contractor's protest of a $192.7 million U.S. Army technical and engineering support deal but refused to fault Crowell & Moring LLP attorneys for representing the contractor despite conflict of interest allegations.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ex-NY Court Atty Says DA Has No Evidence Of Corruption

    A former appeals court attorney told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that the district attorney can't back up charges that she intended to benefit her husband when she gave a "basic, procedural fact" about the status of a case to his client.

  • April 02, 2024

    Amazon, Apple Buyers Defend Adding New Class Reps

    Attorneys for a proposed antitrust class action against Apple and Amazon say the tech giants are being unreasonable by trying to stop them from adding new class representatives to the case after the initial delegate stopped talking with his legal team.

  • April 02, 2024

    Feds Seek Use Of 'Intertwined' Evidence In NC Tax Fraud Trial

    Federal prosecutors have asked a North Carolina district court to permit tangential evidence in a tax fraud trial, saying that the evidence is "inextricably intertwined with the charged conduct" of two St. Louis attorneys and a North Carolina insurance agent.

Expert Analysis

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • What Panama Canal Award Ruling Means For Int'l Arbitration

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    As the prevalence of international arbitration grows, the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision in Grupo Unidos v. Canal de Panama may change how practitioners decide what remedies to seek and where to raise them if claims are rejected, says Jerry Roth at FedArb.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Alleged $636M Deal Error Highlights Ethics Considerations

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    Adelman v. Proskauer, a malpractice suit that allegedly arose from a cut-and-paste error resulting in potential damages of $636 million, presents an intriguing juxtaposition of facts and legal issues — and practical ethical considerations for transactions attorneys, says Richard Leisner at Trenam Law.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Alleged $636M Deal Error Shows Value Of Old-School Methods

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    Though Proskauer Rose has now settled claims involving a copy-paste error in deal documents that could have resulted in $636 million in damages, the debacle reminds attorneys that classic revision methods using paper copies can help avoid drafting errors and actually save time in the long run, says Richard Leisner at Trenam.

  • Twitter Sanction Highlights Privacy Law's Complexity

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision to uphold a sanction against X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, for failing to produce account records in response to a subpoena highlights the importance of understanding the Stored Communications Act, particularly when deciding to produce or not produce data, says Cary Aronovitz at Holland & Knight.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

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