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Beware of informal relationships and conflicts

Conflicts of interest can be complicated and risky. They can be impediments to taking on new business and can also lead to high verdicts in legal malpractice cases. Virtually all attorneys know to run conflict checks for new...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

AOL, Dropbox and the Big “uh-oh”

A New York couple brought suit against their former law firm because it used an America Online account to transact firm business. If you are my age you probably remember that AOL and “You’ve got mail!” were the future—back...more

Professional negligence: conveyancers on both sides of a property purchase found liable to a defrauded buyer

In Purrunsing v. A'Court & Co (a firm) and House Owners Conveyancers Limited (2016) EWHC 789 (Ch) Judge Pelling QC in the Chancery Division of the High Court held that both the buyer's and seller's conveyancing solicitors...more

Capturing Flagg: Fifth Circuit, En Banc, Holds that Failure to Complete Pre-suit Medical Board Review Renders Med Mal Defendants...

We previously wrote about the Fifth Circuit’s panel decision and the defendants’ petition for rehearing en banc in this case. As we reported earlier, the issue is whether a non-diverse defendant is improperly joined by...more

Statute of Limitations — Protected Information in Florida Medical Malpractice

Recently, the Second District Court of Appeals decided the case of Gina Marie Bove, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Anthony Bove, deceased v Naples HMA, LLC d/b/a Physicians Regional Medical Center-Pine Ridge;...more

LSREF III Wight Ltd v Gateley LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 359

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in LSREF III Wight Ltd v. Gateley LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 359, a case which concerned what, if any damages had been caused by solicitors' negligence and whether the claimant had failed...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19436 - Miller v. Appellate Court - When the appellant’s attorney kept missing deadlines and failed to comply with other Appellate Court rules in four pending appeals, one...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 11, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: South Australia 11 April 2016 - Inquest into the death of Roswitha Maria Osang Mrs Osang presented to the Tanunda...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds the "Strict Privity Rule" When Interpreting Attorney-Client Relationship

Baker v. Wood, Ris & Hames, Professional Corporation, 364 P. 3d 872 (January 16, 2016) - Brief Summary - Colorado Supreme Court, en banc, analyzed whether dissatisfied beneficiaries of a testator-client's estate...more

A few words of caution for partners and associates

Most attorneys are aware that they have duties to act ethically in the practice of law. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to determine where that obligation extends beyond the attorney's own conduct. For partners, some...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 11, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 6 April 2016 - Fan v South Eastern Sydney Local Health District [2016] NSWCA 64 Mr Fan...more

Ethics Opinion Prevents Double Dipping in a Contingency Fee Arrangement

Attorneys cannot double dip on contingency fees to settle third party liens or claims. In Ethics Opinion RO-2015-01, the Disciplinary Commission of the Alabama State Bar addressed whether or not a lawyer representing a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 4, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria 22 March 2016 - De Bruyn v Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health [2016] VSC 111 The...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The Affordable Care Act turned 6 years old on March 23... Four in ten voters say health care is extremely important when picking a President, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation’s new tracking poll......more

Trees Grow Back -- Paper Your File

Papering your file (or PDFing an electronic file) is an important, if underappreciated, method to protect both you and your clients. Regular memos to a file will help cut down time necessary to analyze a new development in...more

What is the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)?

According to the NPDB website, it is an “electronic information repository created by Congress. It contains information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners,...more

It’s an Election Year, So It’s Time for a Tort Reform Bill & Snappy Acronym

If it’s an election year, it must be time for someone in Congress to propose a tort reform bill and to come up with a snappy acronym—the more tortured, the better. And Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has done just that, with...more

To Establish Conflict of Interest, Former Client Need Only Show Attorney May Have Obtained Confidential Information During Prior...

The Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District in Costello v. Buckley (3/16/2016 - Case No. D068536) affirmed the trial court’s disqualification of defendant’s counsel where he had previously represented plaintiff in...more

How an attorney should handle a mistake

Although there are steps that attorneys can take to reduce the likelihood of making an error, mistakes still happen in the course of an attorney-client relationship. An attorney might miss a tax lien during a title...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

Insurance Recovery Law - March 2016

High Times in the Insurance Industry: Colorado Federal Court Considers Coverage for Medical Marijuana Business - Why it matters: With legalized marijuana businesses booming, a new decision from a Colorado federal court...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 21, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria - 15 March 2016 Inquest into the death of Reginald Johns Brooks - On 20 December 2013, Mr Brooks,...more

Individual Accountability and the SEC [Video]

From the 2016 PLUS D&O Symposium session “The DOJ, SEC and the New Era of Individual Accountability,” Helen Cantwell (Debevoise & Plimpton) and Stephanie Avakian, Esq. (U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission) discuss...more

California Court Reluctantly Vacates Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Action

Younessi v. Woolf (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 16, 2016) - Brief Summary - The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, reluctantly affirmed an order vacating the dismissal of an attorney malpractice action where...more

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