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    NJ Ethics Board Says Referral Fees Only For In-State Attys

    New guidance provided by the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics recommends against the payment of referral fees for out-of-state lawyers, reasoning that such fees, considered payment for legal services, can only be provided to attorneys licensed to practice law in the state.

  • Startup Founder's Attys Come 'Very Close' To More Sanctions

    A Colorado federal judge has said a geothermal startup founder's arguments for why one of his attorneys should not be sanctioned for discovery violations were "preposterous" and warned his lawyers that they came "very close" to being penalized again.

  • Ohio Atty Disbarment Sparks Call For Criminal Rule Change

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred an attorney convicted of joining her boyfriend in the sexual abuse of his young daughter, rejecting as too lenient a state ethics board's recommendation that the attorney be suspended, and resurfacing a call for criminal justice reform from one justice of the court.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    NC Criminal Defense Boutique Joins Maynard Nexsen

    Maynard Nexsen PC has merged with a four-attorney white collar boutique in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a move that comes a year after the firm was created from the merger of Maynard Cooper & Gale and Carolinas firm Nexsen Pruet.

  • Philly Firm Says 'Education Lawyers' TM Is Incontestable

    A Philadelphia law firm says its use of "The Education Lawyers" to market its service is an incontestable trademark, rendering a rival's challenge completely groundless, according to a motion to dismiss filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • Ga. Attys Face Sanctions Bid Over 'Factually Impossible' Suit

    Companies operating vessels in a Georgia port have fired off a request to sanction a Peach State law firm that pursued claims that the businesses failed to protect a worker against COVID-19, saying the attorneys brought a "factually impossible" suit that was dismissed by a federal court last month.

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    Paris-Based Pinna Legal Launches 1st US Office In DC

    Pinna Legal, a Paris-based litigation and international arbitration boutique, has opened a Washington, D.C., office and named a former White & Case LLP attorney as the founding partner of its first American location.

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    Atty For Alex Jones' Infowars Gets OK To Bow Out Of Case

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a request by the lead attorney for Alex Jones' media company to step away from work on its Chapter 11 case following disputes with the debtor's chief restructuring officer, who the lawyer said withheld pay in retaliation for the conflict.

  • Atty, Marketing Biz Knock Call To Continue Hurricane Ad Suit

    A legal advertising company and an attorney are objecting to a Texas federal judge's recent decision in favor of a woman pressing class claims over legal advertising to Louisiana hurricane victims, arguing that the woman still hasn't shown concrete injury.

  • Ethics Watchdog Eyes Conn. Atty Who Slapped Lawyer

    A Connecticut lawyer who has faced previous disciplinary actions is expected to be scrutinized by an ethics panel after being convicted of slapping an attorney outside a Nutmeg State courthouse and other criminal infractions.

  • Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

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    12 Attys Depart Plunkett Cooney For Own Firm

    A dozen Plunkett Cooney PC attorneys based in Michigan have broken away to create their own firm focused on auto insurance liability defense.

  • Fla. Tax Law Firm Fights Class Cert. In Wisconsin Fraud Row

    A Florida-based tax law firm has asked a Wisconsin federal judge to trim a proposed class action fraud suit launched by former customers claiming the firm solicited fees without performing work.

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    Jackson Walker Adds Water Expert In Austin To Enviro Team

    Jackson Walker LLP is expanding its environmental regulatory team, bringing in a water policy expert, who most recently has been working at his own solo firm, as a partner in its Austin office.

  • No Sanctions Yet For 'Wrong More Than Right' BigLaw Atty

    A Harris County judge on Friday denied a Houston firm's request to sanction a former associate despite noting that the now-BigLaw partner "has been wrong more than he's been right" during a suit he brought over $32,000 in back wages.

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    After COVID Office Cuts, Firms Will Do 'More With Less'

    Things are settling back into place in the legal office space market after the great upheavals caused by COVID-19, with most law firms now focused on making the best use of their existing space after a round of pandemic-era downsizing, according to a new survey.

  • Colorado Firm Must Face Atty's Claim Over Alleged Retaliation

    A Colorado state judge has ruled that a personal injury firm that sued a former attorney for allegedly trying to dodge a prior judgment must face her counterclaim accusing the firm of filing a retaliatory action after she accused it of unfair labor practices.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Mitchell Law PLLC, Gessler Blue LLC and Dhillon Law Group Inc. lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that states can't bar former president Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision.

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    Fla. Atty Suspended Over Bogus Cases After Possible AI Use

    A Florida federal judge on Friday suspended an attorney from practicing law in the Middle District of Florida for one year after he fabricated cases listed on court documents, saying they may have resulted from his use of artificial intelligence.

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    Calif. Bar's Bid To Hike License Fees Raises Atty Eyebrows

    California attorneys seem largely skeptical of the state bar's insistence that a "substantial" hike in its attorney licensing fees is necessary to stave off financial disaster, questioning the reasons for a potential fee increase and its impact on solo lawyers.

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    Legal Industry Adds 2,700 Jobs In February

    Employment in the U.S. legal sector rebounded in February, showing a slight increase following a decline at the beginning of the year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Class Suits Among Companies' Fastest-Growing Legal Costs

    An annual survey of more than 300 large companies shows that class action spending was up to a record high in 2023, with the percentage of companies facing class action lawsuits at the highest level since the survey began 13 years ago, and total expenditures reaching nearly $4 billion.

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    By The Numbers: Why Associates Stay At Their Firms

    After a flood of associates left their firms in search of greener pastures as part of the "talent wars" of the early 2020s, the National Association for Law Placement wanted to know what made other early-career attorneys decide instead to stay put. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how compensation, work-life balance, and a dozen other factors helped play a role.

  • Ambrose Mills Adds IP Expert From Sterne Kessler In Virginia

    Ambrose Mills & Lazarow PLLC, a corporate and IP boutique, has hired an intellectual property attorney from Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox LLP who focuses on patent matters and brings over a decade of experience, Ambrose Mills announced Thursday.

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