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    Belluck & Fox Founder Appointed To NY Judicial Commission

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul reappointed Joseph W. Belluck, founding partner of mesothelioma law firm Belluck & Fox LLP, as chair of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, according to a press release Thursday.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

  • Mich. Atty Faces Arrest After Skipping Vote Tamper Hearing

    A Michigan attorney accused of tampering with voting machines after the 2020 election must turn herself in by the end of the day Friday or risk being arrested after failing to show up for a hearing in her criminal case Thursday.

  • Mass. Atty's AI Gaffe Prompts Warning, 'Restrained' Penalty

    A Massachusetts judge has put the state's legal bar on notice of the dangers of trusting artificial intelligence by sanctioning an attorney $2,000 for filing court papers that were full of realistic-sounding but fictitious case citations.

  • Calif. Bar Pursues Atty Discipline Over LADWP Billing Scandal

    The California State Bar announced Thursday it has filed seven disciplinary charges against a San Fernando Valley attorney accused of scheming with lawyers representing the city of Los Angeles to settle a customer billing class action favorably for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a public utility.

  • Mich. Law Firm Owes Atty Fees For Unauthorized Tax Appeal

    A Michigan law firm that appealed a country club's tax assessment without the club's authorization must cover the costs and attorney fees that a township incurred in litigating the case, the state's tax tribunal ruled.

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    Two Calif. Estate Litigation Firms Merge, Form Vincere LLP

    Two small California law firms that specialize in litigation to help beneficiaries claim money in disputes over trusts and estates have merged into a new firm called Vincere LLP.

  • LA Firms Allegedly Fool Client Into Investing $2M In Bad Deals

    A California businessman has sued two Los Angeles law firms for allegedly tricking him into sinking $2 million worth of ultimately bad investments into businesses that his attorneys failed to disclose they were partial owners of.

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    Brafman Attys Known For Repping Big Names Open Firm

    A trio of former Brafman & Associates PC lawyers with a history of representing high-profile figures like former Goldman Sachs executive Roger Ng have launched their own criminal defense practice in Manhattan.

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    And The Oscars' Legal Questions Go To ... John Quinn

    When he was the general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Quinn Emanuel founding partner John Quinn attended the Oscars dozens of times, and he did so with a copy of the broadcast network contract tucked into his tuxedo pocket.

  • Mich. Bar Tells Attys To Store Property Only When Legal

    Michigan attorneys should be careful when deciding to store client property to ensure it's both legal and relevant to ongoing proceedings, according to the latest ethics guidance produced by the State Bar of Michigan's Judicial Ethics Committee.

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    Equity Concerns Follow Mass Torts' March Into Bankruptcy

    After decades of suffering and waiting, a group of more than 82,000 childhood sexual abuse survivors recently reached a $2.5 billion bankruptcy settlement with the Boy Scouts of America and related groups. Yet the survivors may once again be in suspense.

  • Feds Look To Bar Advice-Of-Counsel Defense From Tax Trial

    Federal prosecutors have sought to prevent two attorneys and an insurance agent from relying on advice-of-counsel defenses in their upcoming tax fraud trial, telling a North Carolina federal judge the trio failed to give the court an adequate heads-up about their intended defense.

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    Western NY Boutique Launches With Nod To Roman Emperor

    Western New York boutique Aurelian Law PLLC launched Thursday with a focus on crisis response, government investigations and high-stakes litigation.

  • Film Funder Fights 'Severe' Sanction Bid in Malpractice Suit

    A media investor accusing a now-defunct Chicago law firm of negligently helping him secure intellectual property rights to develop a television show has argued that an Illinois state court should reject the firm's request for sanctions and dismissal over alleged discovery violations, arguing that the firm is ignoring its own discovery failures in the case.

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    Seton Hall Accused Of 'Sham' Probe Into Alleged Misconduct

    Seton Hall University's ex-president has filed an amended whistleblower complaint against the school that centers on alleged misconduct by its former board chair, prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino of Marino Tortorella & Boyle PC, contending that the university launched a fake investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.

  • Flaster Greenberg Adds Atty From Transportation Boutique

    For the second time in a week, Flaster Greenberg PC has added an attorney to its suburban Philadelphia office — this time welcoming a litigator who left his own transportation law boutique to join the firm.

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    Avenatti Trial Judge Didn't Coerce Jury, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Manhattan federal judge who oversaw Michael Avenatti's trial on charges he defrauded ex-client Stormy Daniels didn't act improperly when he gave the jurors an extra instruction reminding them of their duties after the panel appeared deadlocked, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    McGuireWoods Adds 2 Former Federal Prosecutors In Dallas

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Wednesday that two former federal prosecutors who specialize in healthcare regulatory and compliance issues have joined the firm as partners in Dallas.

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    Nathan Sommers Rebrands, Relocates, Refreshes In Houston

    George Gibson, a co-managing partner of boutique Nathan Sommers Gibson Dillon, formerly Nathan Sommers Jacobs, said the firm's recent name change and move to a modernized space in Houston were a reflection of the 53-year-old corporate firm's evolution and "mission into the future."

  • Wells Fargo Accused Of Enabling Ex-Texas Atty's Fraud

    Victims of a former San Antonio lawyer's multimillion-dollar fraud scheme claim his theft was enabled by Wells Fargo willfully turning a blind eye to the lawyer's misuse of trust accounts holding client funds, according to a lawsuit in Texas federal court that alleges the bank profited from this scheme.

  • Zimmerman Reed Rips L'Occitane Privacy 'Shakedown' Suit

    Zimmerman Reed LLP has asked a California federal court to toss L'Occitane's suit claiming the firm and thousands of its clients have conspired to "weaponize" a California wiretapping law against the luxury retailer, arguing that there's no "legitimate factual basis" backing the allegations.

  • NY Firm Must Face Ex-Legal Assistant's Sex Harassment Suit

    A Long Island civil rights law firm can't escape a former legal assistant's lawsuit alleging she was fired for complaining about colleagues' persistent sexual harassment, a New York federal judge has ruled, saying the court needs more information to determine whether the firm is an employer under federal law.

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