Legal Ethics

  • May 29, 2024

    Foley & Lardner Sued For Axing Pro-Palestinian Atty's Offer

    A former Foley & Lardner LLP summer associate on Wednesday lodged discrimination claims against the firm for pulling its job offer after she made comments supporting Palestine, alleging that the firm let her go because of her religion and ethnicity, according to the suit lodged in Illinois federal court.

  • May 29, 2024

    Meta's Policy On Threats List 'Sounds Nefarious,' Judge Says

    The California federal judge overseeing claims Meta blacklists certain adult performers questioned the social media giant's practice of keeping its list of dangerous organizations and individuals as a "living document" that changes constantly and isn't archived, saying the policy appears to destroy evidence and "sounds nefarious."

  • May 29, 2024

    Malaysia Plans Suits Over $14.9B Award To Sulu Claimants

    Units of Malaysia's national natural gas company are planning to file litigation in Europe against claimants awarded $14.9 billion and their litigation funder following a high-stakes arbitration with the Southeast Asian country over a 19th-century land deal, according to newly filed documents in New York.

  • May 29, 2024

    Carhartt Heiress Atty Says He Wanted To Pay Back $15M Loan

    A Michigan attorney accused of exploiting his wealthy Carhartt heiress client as trustee testified Wednesday that he intended to repay the roughly $15 million he had loaned himself from her trust, as he took the stand during the second week of a jury trial.

  • May 29, 2024

    NY Jury Eyes Trump Tower 'Conspiracy' As Deliberations Start

    Jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, as the panel appeared to home in on testimony about a key 2015 meeting where the alleged scheme was hatched.

  • May 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Rejects Objections To $23M Monsanto Roundup Deal

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's approval of a $23 million MDL settlement to resolve claims that Monsanto failed to warn buyers of the carcinogens in its Roundup weed killer, finding there was no indication of collusion as argued by Missouri-based objectors.

  • May 29, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Atty Says SEC Waited Too Long To Secure Civil Penalties

    An attorney and her husband have told a Florida federal judge that it's too late for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to reopen its case against them and seek civil penalties over a microcap scheme after almost four years of doing nothing to prosecute the case.

  • May 29, 2024

    Chicago IP Firm Accused Of Botching Fetal Biotech Patent

    A company that makes technology that can detect fetal asphyxia and distress has alleged in Illinois state court that Chicago law firm Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP cost it millions when it registered the company's patents under one of its former employees, who then used its intellectual property to launch a competing company.

  • May 29, 2024

    Law Firm Says Atty Can't Elude Malpractice Claims In RE Case

    Chaitman LLP has urged a New Jersey state court to preserve its malpractice claims against a suspended solo attorney, arguing that discovery so far has shown that the attorney was deeply involved in guiding a case that ended in failure for its clients and exposed Chaitman to its own malpractice suit.

  • May 29, 2024

    Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

    A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

  • May 29, 2024

    Ga. Attys Face Sanctions Bid Over Racial Profiling, Death Suit

    A Georgia city has urged a federal court to sanction opposing counsel and their client, a mother who sued its police department for allegedly racially profiling and fatally shooting her son, calling the case "an abuse of the judicial process" because counsel and the plaintiff should have known their claims were false.

  • May 29, 2024

    Non-Atty Advice To Debtors Is Unprotected, 2nd Circ. Told

    New York urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to find that stopping a nonprofit focused on bankruptcy education and the South Bronx pastor it's working with from advising low-income debtors represents a content-neutral regulation on who can practice law that does not violate the First Amendment.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ex-Calif. Atty Cops To Role In $9.5M Crypto Ponzi Scheme

    A disbarred California attorney has pled guilty in federal court to his role in promoting a $9.5 million cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

  • May 29, 2024

    BakerHostetler, Crowell On Verge Of Settling Client Scam Suit

    BakerHostetler and Crowell & Moring LLP appear close to settling a malpractice suit claiming the firms aided and abetted a network of predatory websites, just days after a Florida federal judge authorized discovery into the former client's Slack messages.

  • May 29, 2024

    Israeli Atty Cops To Aiding Convicted Ponzi Schemer In NJ

    An Israeli attorney has admitted to conspiring to commit securities fraud, launder money and obstruct justice to aid alleged serial fraudster Eliyahu "Eli" Weinstein, who is facing new fraud charges just two years after then-President Donald Trump commuted Weinstein's 24-year prison sentence for previous fraud convictions amid a flood of last-minute pardons in January 2021.

  • May 29, 2024

    Weinstein Could Face Added Assault Charges In Retrial

    New York prosecutors planning to retry Harvey Weinstein this fall after his rape conviction was overturned said Wednesday they may file an expanded indictment after hearing from new sexual assault claimants.

  • May 29, 2024

    NC House Advances Bill To Let Attys Expunge Ethics Records

    The North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill that would allow attorneys to clear certain disciplinary records, putting the proposal one step closer to becoming law.

  • May 29, 2024

    Contractor Talking To Juror Warrants Contempt, NC Panel Told

    A general contractor interfered with the court when he spoke to a juror during a civil trial involving his company, state prosecutors told a North Carolina appellate court in seeking to have the contractor's contempt conviction upheld.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ga. Justices Reprimand Atty Over Flubbed Settlement

    A Georgia solo practitioner was hit with a public reprimand by the state's highest court Wednesday after admitting that he bungled a personal injury settlement by delegating the negotiations to his assistant.

  • May 29, 2024

    Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

    The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

  • May 29, 2024

    Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protesters of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

  • May 29, 2024

    Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

    A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

  • May 29, 2024

    Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Wash. Justices Doubt Atty's Response In Disbarment Case

    Washington State justices were skeptical Tuesday of an appeal from an attorney facing disbarment who asserts that he did nothing wrong in response to misconduct allegations including that he embezzled from investors in a failed venture to build a cannabis industrial park.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    NY Should Pass Litigation Funding Bill To Protect Plaintiffs

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    New York state should embrace the regulatory framework proposed in the Consumer Litigation Funding Act, which would suppress the unregulated predatory lenders that currently prey on vulnerable litigants but preserve a funding option that helps personal injury plaintiffs stand up to deep-pocketed corporate defendants, says Alan Ripka at Alan Ripka & Associates.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • High Court Injunction Case Could Shake Up Fee-Shifting Rules

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    In agreeing to review a Virginia case rendered statutorily moot before final judgment, the U.S. Supreme Court could finally settle the question of if — and when — a preliminary injunction can win attorney fees for a prevailing party, but all possible answers could disrupt fee-shifting schemes written into major laws, says Laurens Wilkes at Winston & Strawn.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Trump Hush Money Case Offers Master Class In Trial Strategy

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    The New York criminal hush money trial of former President Donald Trump typifies some of the greatest challenges that lawyers face in crafting persuasive presentations, providing lessons on how to handle bad facts, craft a simple story that withstands attack, and cross-examine with that story in mind, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Series

    Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • 'Fat Leonard' Case Shows High Bar For Rescinding Guilty Plea

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    Prosecutors’ recent move in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case, supporting several defendants’ motions to withdraw their guilty pleas, is extremely unusual – and its contrast with other prosecutions demonstrates that the procedural safeguards at plea hearings are far from enough, says Sara Kropf at Kropf Moseley.

  • Series

    Swimming Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Years of participation in swimming events, especially in the open water, have proven to be ideal preparation for appellate arguments in court — just as you must put your trust in the ocean when competing in a swim event, you must do the same with the judicial process, says John Kulewicz at Vorys.

  • As Arbitrator Bias Claims Rise, Disclosure Standards Evolve

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    The growth in post-award challenges based on arbitrators' alleged conflicts of interest has led to the release of new guidance and new case law on the topic — both supporting the view that professional familiarity alone does not translate to a lack of impartiality, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

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