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ABA Working Group on NAD Process: Make It Even Better

An American Bar Association working group last week issued its report reviewing and suggesting improvements to the advertising industry's self-regulatory adjudication system. The 52-page report, "Self-Regulation of...more

Ethical Issues Implicated by Lawyers’ Use of Third-Party Cloud Services

Law firms increasingly turn to “cloud services” for processing and storing confidential client information because of their greater flexibility and efficiency. Use of “the cloud,” however, outsources the administration,...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sister blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we’ll address the question of just how rare it is to get an unpublished decision – what we in Illinois call a Rule 23 order –...more

The Test for Uncivil Conduct in Litigation

The Divisional Court released its reasons respecting the Law Society of Upper Canada’s disciplinary proceeding against Joseph Groia on February 2, 2015. The Divisional Court upheld the Law Society Hearing Panel and Appeal...more

Supreme Court Confirms That Trustees Are Liable Only For Loss Caused Due To Breach

Mark Redler & Co Solicitors (Mark Redler) acted for both the claimant bank, AIB Group (UK) Plc (AIB), and the borrowers on a GBP 3.3 million loan. In return for the loan, AIB was supposed to secure a first legal charge over...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Applicability of Innocent Insured Doctrine

Does the innocent insured doctrine – which provides that one of multiple insureds doesn’t necessarily lose coverage if he or she wasn’t involved in a breach – apply to renewal applications? That’s the question the Illinois...more

No Attorney Disbarment In NJ for Misappropriation of Law Firm Funds

As we are taught in law school, and as some members of the public find hard to believe, attorneys are held to the highest ethical standards. One of the surest ways for an attorney to secure his or her disbarment is to...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Wrongful Death Attorney Owes Duty to Decedent's Beneficiaries

A unanimous Illinois Supreme Court added a new complication for plaintiffs’ counsel handling wrongful death cases late last week, unanimously holding in In re Estate of Perry C. Powell that an attorney representing the...more

Are Senior Trial Attorneys Passing the Baton?

Every profession is facing the impact of baby boomers retiring – and trial lawyers are certainly no exception. At the PLUS Conference in April 2014, I was delighted to be part of a panel discussing a variety of topics...more

Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Mike McDevitt, CEO for Tandem Legal Group, is not a lawyer, but thanks to an obscure rule in Washington, D.C.'s code of ethics for lawyers he is able to have an ownership interest in the law...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Offshore Disclosure Programs—A Trap for CPAs? - Superior Court Imposes Sanctions for Withholding Documents in Discovery - Expert Witness Faces Personal Liability for Professional Malpractice - U.S....more

Web Law Predictions for 2014

It’s getting down to the final few weeks of December. As some Slaw readers might remember, my year-end focus is on two activities: 1) the Clawbies, and 2) forecasting trends and making predictions about where the Internet is...more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2013

In This issue: - First Circuit Rejects Scapegoating and Diversionary Tactics by Plaintiff’s Counsel - Doing Wellness Right - Federal Judge Rules Law Firm Not Liable Under Chapter 93A - In Massachusetts, Employers...more

Why Should an Investor or Business Conduct an Asset Search

If used properly and if conducted by a reputable asset search company, asset searches can be used as a valuable pre-investment tool for an investor, partnership, joint venture or other business entity before entering into a...more

Consultant: Legal Ethics Rulemaking Outpaced By Technology  [Video]

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg Law) -- Adrian Dayton, law firm consultant and columnist for National Law Journal, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about three recent legal ethics opinions on lawyers and law firms using LinkedIn....more

Feathers start to fly over upcoming book about why lawyers suck

Today has been an interesting day for the “Why Lawyers Suck and What You Can Do About It” book project. First thing this morning I got a phone call from someone passionately supportive of this project and everything it...more

Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships  [Video]

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- John Thies, outgoing president for the Illinois State Bar Association, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's report on the impact of law school debt on the delivery of...more

The Trust Being a Multi-Party Relationship, Whom Legal Counsel Represents Can Get Complicated

The trust being a multi-party relationship, it is not always that easy to discern at any given time whom legal counsel is representing, or should be representing, in matters relating to the trust’s creation and...more

Law Firm with Inaccurate Billing Records Receives Nothing for Its Efforts

Woodland Hills Attorney Barry P. Goldberg warns his colleagues to have believable and accurate time records or risk receiving no compensation whatsoever from a reviewing court. Since the California Court of Appeal did not...more

Supreme Court Holds a Gunn to Exclusive Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Patent Malpractice Claims

In Gunn v. Minton, the Supreme Court held that federal courts do not have exclusive jurisdiction over patent malpractice claims. Under 28 USC § 1338(a), federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over cases “arising under any...more

Clear as mud? Understanding your ethical duties as a “dirt” lawyer

1. Do you “reply to all” on emails? Should you? With the ease of email communications, thought needs to be given before you respond to an email and hit “reply to all.” With traditional correspondence by mail to opposing...more

Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges [Video]

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg Law) -- Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor at University of Missouri School of Law who has written about law schools misrepresenting incoming student GPAs, LSAT scores and graduate employment data,...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Fee Agreement Puts Law Firm In Trustee's Sights [Video]

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Law firm Kaye Scholer LLP and financial advisor Capstone Advisory Group LLC are in the sights of a U.S. Trustee aiming to claw back $12 million for an undisclosed agreement to share fees awarded in...more

Malignant Leadership

A lack of effective oversight can allow even a well-intentioned managing partner to go bad....more

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