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No Rules, Just Be Right? The ABA's New Technology Ethics Opinion

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On the heels of the recent Petya ransomware attack, which infected DLA Piper's IT systems, a superb analysis by Peter Norman of the ABA's Formal Opinion 17-477R on lawyers' ethical responsibilities when using information...more

Maine Court Holds That Expert Testimony is Required to Prove Causation in Legal Malpractice Action

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Brooks v. Lemieux, 2017 WL 1056194 (Me. 2017) - Brief Summary - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently held that expert testimony based on supporting facts in the record was required to prove causation between an...more

Keeping the Lights On For Your Ancillary Proceeding in Federal Court: When “Dismissed Without Prejudice” Means “Stayed”

Do you ever have days when you are not your most eloquent self, the words come out in a jumble, or they are just not precisely what you intended? So do trial judges. But appeals courts seem to understand....more

Appellate Court Upholds Arbitration Award In Face Of Manifest Disregard Of Law And Public Policy Arguments

by Carlton Fields on

An arbitration panel entered an award in a legal malpractice matter in favor of the claimant and the attorneys and law firm moved to vacate the award. The district court denied the motion to vacate, and the Ninth Circuit...more

Attorney Letter Terminating Engagement May Not Constitute “Documentary Evidence” to Support Dismissal of Malpractice Case

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

CPLR 3211(a)(1) provides for the dismissal of a claim so long as the defense is based upon “documentary evidence”. We’ve seen this used successfully in mortgage note cases, (e.g., Bronxville Knolls, Inc. v. Webster Town...more

Continuous Representation Rule Does Not Apply Merely Because Attorney Remains Counsel of Record

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Moonlight Enterprise, LLC v. Mroz, 2017 WL 1237947 (Va. March 30, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Virginia Supreme Court held that the continuous representation rule does not apply to an attorney who ceases to perform legal...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 3

by Butler Snow LLP on

Permissive Abstention: Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. See, Part 1. Part 2 of this blog series focused on mandatory abstention...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 2

by Butler Snow LLP on

Part 1 of this blog series examined a bankruptcy court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a debtor’s legal malpractice claims. Recognizing that bankruptcy courts typically retain related to jurisdiction over legal...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abstention in Legal Malpractice actions brought by a Bankruptcy Debtor – Part 1

by Butler Snow LLP on

Because the number of unsatisfied clients who find themselves in bankruptcy are filing malpractice lawsuits against their pre-bankruptcy counsel is on the rise so, too, is the number of attorneys who find themselves on the...more

Second Circuit Defers Allegations of Attorney Relationship With Client’s Mother

On June 5, 2017, in an opinion with facts that even the Court seemed to recognize read like the script for a straight-to-video movie, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Sack, Carney) declined to overturn a defendant’s conviction and...more

Steps for Limiting Liability as Local Counsel

by Dentons on

Many litigators have either sought or served as local counsel at least once in their careers. Litigators with national practices may work with local counsel more often than not. Those with niche practices based in specialized...more

Ohio’s Ethical Limitations on the Use of Attorney-Client Arbitration Clauses

by Reminger Co., LPA on

It is essential for attorneys to understand the interplay between risk mitigation/resolution strategies and the rules of professional conduct. After all, when addressing a risk, attorneys must be careful not to run afoul of...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Summer 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Compliance programs - policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of laws,c rules and regulations – have become a big deal. That’s because government regulators and enforcers closely scrutinize companies that...more

Speculation, Estate Planning, and Legal Malpractice

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In some will contests, lawyers will speculate that the decedent may have misled people as to his true estate plan, either out of weakness, to keep the peace, to measure reactions, to avoid uncomfortable conversations, and...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC39614 - In re Harmony Q. - AC37573 - Rosa v. Commissioner of Correction - AC37913 - State v. Berthiaume - AC37913 Concurrence - State v. Berthiaume...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - April 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Attorney-Client Privilege – Invoices to Public Entity Client – Ongoing Litigation - Los Angeles Cty. Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 2 Cal. 5th 282, 386 P.3d 773 (2016) - Risk Management Issue: May a law firm's...more

Don’t Let New Technology Cloud Your Legal Judgment

Law firms are slowly but steadily moving to the cloud. According to an American Bar Association report, 37.5% of lawyers reported the use of web-based software services or solutions in 2016, up from 31% in 2015, and 30% in...more

State Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Legal Malpractice Claim That Required Court To Resolve Federal Issues Relating To Scope,...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Solar Dynamics, Inc. v. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., 2017 WL 519314 (Fla. 2017) - Brief Summary - A Florida appellate court held that the trial court lacked jurisdiction over a legal malpractice action that...more

Craig Ball of Craig D. Ball, P.C., Part 2: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

This is the sixth (and final) of the 2017 Legaltech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series. eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY (aka Legalweek) this year to get their observations regarding...more

Professional negligence: Another decision on liability for identity theft leaves the law uncertain

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In Dreamvar (UK) Limited v (1) Mishcon de Reya (a firm) and (2) Mary Monson Solicitors Limited [2016] EWHC 3316 (Ch), Mr David Railton QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court of...more

Legal Malpractice Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Contempt Proceeding

In its recent decision in Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 2550 (11th Cir. Feb. 14, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,...more

When Does a Claim for Legal Malpractice Accrue in the Litigation Context

The long understood rule of law in Florida is that a cause of action for legal malpractice accrues in the litigation context when the litigation is concluded by a final judgment, and the final judgment becomes final when the...more

Connecticut Trial Court Addresses Administrative Agency's Targeting of Law Firms Under the State Unfair Trade Practices Act

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In a December 5, 2016 decision, a Connecticut trial court (Huddleston, J.) addressed the limitations on the Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection in enforcing a so-called "investigative demand" served under the...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Malpractice Claim Based on Plaintiff's Failure to Plead "But For" Causation

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

West Bend Mutual Ins. Co. v. Schumacher, ___ F.3d ___, 2016 WL 7395708 (7th Cir. 2016) - Brief Summary - Plaintiff, a workers' compensation insurer, filed a legal malpractice action against former defense counsel,...more

Trustee Lacks Standing to Assert Legal Malpractice Claims on Behalf of Debtors

by PretiFlaherty on

The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court (Panos, J.) dismissed an adversarial proceeding complaint brought against debtor’s counsel which alleged legal malpractice. The trustee alleged that debtor’s counsel committed malpractice...more

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