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  • Conn. Lawyer Wants Claim Cut From $450K Malpractice Suit

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a state court judge to cut a breach of contract claim from a $450,000 malpractice lawsuit against him, calling the claim a "mislabeled regurgitation" of his former client's negligence claim.

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    Murchison Law Adds Ex-Koch Industries Atty In Dallas

    Dallas-based boutique Murchison Law Firm PLLC has hired a former in-house attorney from Koch Industries Inc. to help bolster its efforts to service pipeline industry clients.

  • 5th Circ. Orders La. Atty To Pay $29K For Frivolous Filings

    A Louisiana attorney must pay more than $29,000 in penalties for making a frivolous attempt to restore her client's state university medical residency and ignoring judges' warnings to stop pursuing failed arguments in the lawsuit, the Fifth Circuit has ruled.

  • Paralegal's Pay Suit Proceeds Without Collective Claims

    A paralegal can proceed with her wage and retaliation claims against the criminal defense law firm she worked at, but her collective allegations can't stand after a Florida district judge kept a magistrate judge's recommendations to deny the firm's bid to toss the suit.

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    McCollom D'Emilio Leader Discusses Growth, Upgraded Digs

    Delaware firm McCollom D'Emilio Smith Uebler LLC continues to grow, both in its attorney roster and with newly upgraded office space. Here, managing member Matthew P. D’Emilio tells Law360 Pulse about the firm’s plans for growth, how it has set itself apart in Delaware’s competitive legal market, and challenges it faces recruiting and retaining attorneys.

  • Lawsuit Is What I Got: Sublime Band Members Sue Ex-Firm

    The surviving members of Sublime hit King Holmes Paterno & Soriano LLP with a malpractice suit in California state court, alleging their former attorneys "engaged in a pattern of self-dealing," including by pushing the rock band into a less favorable merchandising deal with one of the firm's other clients.

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    NY Litigation Boutique Expands To LA With GRSM50 Atty

    New York employment and litigation boutique Paduano & Weintraub LLP is going bicoastal, adding a partner from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP to lead a new office in Los Angeles, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • Hacked Atty Regains Email Access After Triggering Mistrial

    A defense attorney for a marketing manager accused of working with fraudsters told a Colorado federal court that she has regained email access but is still working through a hacking incident that triggered a mistrial, according to a notice seeking a quick retrial in the criminal fraud case. 

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    NJ Law Firm Seeks Sanctions In Malpractice Suit Led By Rival

    Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC asked a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday to impose "a substantial monetary sanction" against former-colleague-turned-rival Bruce Nagel and his firm Nagel Rice LLP, arguing that their most recent filing in its legal malpractice suit alleging Mazie Slater overcharged clients in multidistrict litigation over the blood pressure drug Benicar contains frivolous claims and baseless conclusions.

  • NJ Suspends Pa. Atty For 2 Years Over Ethical Lapses In Court

    A Pennsylvania attorney has been handed a two-year suspension in New Jersey, preventing him from practicing law there for ethical violations including making dishonest statements in court, as reciprocal discipline for a two-year suspension ordered in the Keystone State in October 2021.

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

  • Trustee Sues Big Investors In Failed Calif. Debt Firm

    A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee has asked a judge to help prioritize more than $100 million in claims from investors in a defunct California debt relief law firm that has been accused of orchestrating a "Ponzi scheme" to repeatedly sell stakes in the same set of client files.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

  • NJ Firm Accused Of Firing Atty In Whistleblower Suit

    An attorney formerly with Ginarte Gonzalez & Winograd LLP alleges he was fired in retaliation for attempting to document that the Newark, New Jersey-based firm committed malpractice by mishandling a client's workers' compensation claim, and in an effort to cover up the sexual harassment of a paralegal.

  • Law Firm Faces FDCPA Suit In Ga. Over Predecessor Firm

    Lloyd & McDaniel PLC has been hit with a Fair Debt Collection Practices suit in Georgia state court from a former client of Cooling & Winter LLC alleging that firm improperly sought to collect a debt she had already paid. 

  • SEC Tells 9th Circ. Crypto Law Firm Has No Claim To Bring

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that cryptocurrency-using law firm Hodl Law PLLC can't challenge the agency's digital asset enforcement policy because the firm's concerns about future harms are all hypothetical.

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    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

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    Trump Golf Club Says Atty Pushing NDA Was On Her Own

    A former server who says a Trump Organization golf resort fraudulently induced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement after she accused a manager of sexually harassing her should have her suit tossed from New Jersey state court, the resort is arguing, saying her allegations were against a third-party attorney not working as "an employee or agent of the club."

  • Full 4th Circ. Declines Atty's Coverage Case In Fraud Defense

    The full Fourth Circuit won't hear a Maryland attorney's arguments after a panel determined he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer concerning his indictment on charges that he defrauded financial institutions to gain control of $13 million in frozen Somali assets.

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    2nd Circ. Rebukes Atty For Fake Citation In Latest AI Blunder

    The Second Circuit referred a New York attorney for punishment Tuesday for submitting a brief citing a fake case generated by ChatGPT and not checking over the brief to catch the mistake.

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    Selendy Gay Founding Partner To Open Firm With Quinn Attys

    Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC said Tuesday that it is being renamed to Selendy Gay PLLC as founding partner David Elsberg is departing to launch his own litigation and trial firm with two Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP practice leaders he used to work with.

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    Small And Midsize Law Firms Cautious About AI

    More than half of lawyers at midsize and small law firms believe that artificial intelligence isn't reliable yet and distrust the technology, according to a report on midsize law firm trends released Tuesday by law practice management platform Clio.

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    Conn. IP Atty Can Send Holiday Cards To Rival's Clients

    A Connecticut magistrate judge ruled Monday that while a settlement agreement barring an intellectual property attorney from contacting his ex-partner's clients extends to the attorney's new firm, it doesn't prevent the lawyer from sending holiday greetings because the prohibition's broadness flouted Connecticut state law.

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    Murdaugh Denied Retrial Despite Clerk's 'Foolish' Jury Chats

    Disgraced ex-lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh was denied a new trial Monday after a judge ruled that a court clerk made "fleeting and foolish comments" to the jury but that there was insufficient evidence that the panel was improperly swayed.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

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