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Three Immigration Lawyers Sanctioned by the SEC for Brokering EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just published three new decisions in connection with administrative proceedings against two well known immigration lawyers, as well as against a third lawyer. One party has...more

Torts – Elder Abuse

Kathleen A. Winn, et al. v. Pioneer Medical Group, Inc., et al. - California Supreme Court (May 19, 2016) - In 1991, California enacted the Elder Abuse and Dependent Protection Act (the “Act”) (Welfare &...more

Saffer Fee Shifting and Fee Disgorgement - Who is at Risk?

Twenty years ago, in Saffer v. Willoughby, the New Jersey Supreme Court embarked on a new path for New Jersey jurisprudence by allowing a successful plaintiff in a legal malpractice action to recover as consequential damages...more

Is the American Rule Dead in New Jersey?

Ok, so maybe "dead" is a bit hyperbolic, but the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision in Innes v. Marzano-Lesnevich, No. 074291, ___ N.J. _____ (N.J. Apr. 26, 2016) has raised serious questions about just how far the New...more

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

General information of claims practices and company personnel obtained by an insurer’s in-house counsel is not the type of confidential information that will disqualify the lawyer from acting as Plaintiff’s counsel against...more

Debt Collection Litigation in the Cross Hairs: CFPB's Consent Order Against New Jersey Law Firm Creates More Problems Than...

Lightning can strike twice. With the ink barely dry on the Consent Order against the Hanna Law Firm (Hanna) in Georgia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) yesterday took action against another debt...more

Texas Court Holds That Law Firm is Immune From Liability to Claims by Non-Client

Highland Capital Management, LP v. Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C., 2016 WL 164528 (Tex. App. Jan. 14, 2016) Brief Summary - The Texas Court of Appeals held that the doctrine of attorney immunity barred an employer's...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Contours of In Pari Delicto Doctrine

The Delaware Supreme Court, in a recent order affirming the opinion of the Delaware Court of Chancery, provided clear guidance about when third-party corporate advisers may raise the in pari delicto defense as a shield to...more

The Insidious Myth of Tort Reform | Medical Malpractice

We all have the right to safety, to know that if we are harmed, those responsible will be held accountable, regardless of their occupation. For years, insurance companies and lobbyists have tried to sway state legislators and...more

California Decision Expands Actuary’s Potential Liability Based on Aiding and Abetting Theory

The recently published California decision in Nasrawi v. Buck Consultants LLC, issued by the Court of Appeal, Sixth District, has the potential to expand an actuarial firm’s liability well beyond its current limits under...more

Arizona Reduces Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case Again: Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance

In Arellano v. Primerica Life Insurance Company, 235 Ariz. 371, 332 P.3d 597 (App. 2014), despite finding an insurer’s conduct moderately to highly reprehensible, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently reduced a punitive...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Former Counsel

In a few weeks’ time over at Appellate Strategist’s sister blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we’ll address the question of just how rare it is to get an unpublished decision – what we in Illinois call a Rule 23 order –...more

Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

Accountant’s Fiduciary Duty as Independent Auditor

In North Carolina, an accounting firm now owes a fiduciary duty to its audit client, both as a matter of law and as a matter of fact. On November 4, 2014, a North Carolina appellate court held — for the first time —...more

Limits of Expansive Protection of New York’s In Pari Delicto Defense

Whenever a company tumbles into bankruptcy following the discovery of its management’s financial misdeeds, firms that provided the company with accounting, legal, banking and financial advisory services should prepare to...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Holds that Economic Loss Rule Does Not Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Architect Where...

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey contracted HDR Architects and Engineers, P.C. (“HDR”) to design a medical school building. After the project went to bid, the Bedwell Company (“Bedwell”) contracted with...more

Illinois Court Outlines Elements to Consider for Good Faith Analysis of Settlement Demand

To settle or not to settle: that is the question for liability insurers. If you are pondering whether you must accept a plaintiff’s settlement offer, read on. A recent Illinois case, Huang v. Brenson, 7 N.E.3d 729 (Ill. App....more

“Related Acts” Reduce Insurer’s Exposure by Half

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that, under Minnesota law, multiple wrongful acts by a financial advisor to four plaintiffs are “interrelated” and “logically connected” within the meaning of the policy’s...more

In K2 Investment, NY high court reverses itself, confirms well-established case law

The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, 2014 WL 590662 (N.Y.), 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 01102 (N.Y. Feb. 18, 2014), has vacated its own prior decision,...more

Financial Advisory Update

Novel theories by plaintiffs’ lawyers need to foster novel approaches by M&A lawyers. A number of recent cases highlight the increasing risks for financial advisors and the lawyers who represent them. Financial...more

Gotham Insurance Company Finds Dark Knight

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently entered summary judgment in favor of Gotham Insurance Company (“Gotham”), finding no coverage for a substantial default judgment entered against its...more

New York’s Lichtenstein Decision Highlights Conflicts of a Carve-Out Guarantor

The recent New York case of Lichtenstein v. Willkie Farr addresses a borrower's conflict caused, in part, by a loan covenant. The covenant invoked personal liability of the members in the event the entity files a voluntary...more

New York Court of Appeals Sets Forth New Rule for Breach of Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in K2 Investment Group, LLP v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., 2013 N.Y. LEXIS 1461, 2013 NY Slip Op. 4270 (NY June 11, 2013), New York's Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court –...more

In the Crosshairs: District Courts Utilize Gunn to Dismiss Patent-Related Legal Malpractice Claims for Lack of Subject Matter...

In an opinion and order dated May 7, 2013, the Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a legal malpractice action...more

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Punitive Damages Statute

This week's post explores last week's Indiana Supreme Court decision State v. Doe that upheld the punitive damages statutory cap and allocation of 75% of any award to the state. We also take a look at what this decision...more

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