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Perspectives for the Professions Newsletter - September 2017: Standing of Complainants on Judicial Review

by Field Law on

Del Valle v Law Society, 2017 NWTSC 29, holding that a complainant has no standing to bring an application for judicial review to challenge the merits of a regulator’s decision to dismiss a complaint....more

Friday Afternoon Eminent Domain Case Review

by Nossaman LLP on

On Friday afternoon I decided to take a quick look at the advance sheets for any newly decided appellate cases involving eminent domain. My search revealed an unpublished decision that came out yesterday (September 7, 2017)...more

Commercial Division Reprimands Lawyer for Misconduct in Deposition

On August 25, 2017, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich of the New York Commercial Division entered an order reprimanding a high-profile lawyer, Mark Geragos, for misconduct during a deposition, including refusing to answer...more

Litigation Misconduct Helps Render a Patent Unenforceable

by Knobbe Martens on

In March 2014, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. sued Merus B.V. for allegedly infringing U.S. Patent No. 8,502,018 (“the ’018 Patent"). The ’018 Patent generally relates to using vectors to modify genes and chromosomal loci...more

FREEP exposes more auto accident attorney kickbacks, No-Fault fraud

by Michigan Auto Law on

Will newest allegations finally get Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission to look into auto accident attorney fraud, kickbacks and illegal solicitation of auto accident victims in Detroit?...more

Robinson v. Azer

Court's ruling on motion for new trial and/or remittitur of a record personal injury verdict, on 7/20/2017

This transcript is the trial court's ruling denying a defendant's motion for new trial and/or remittitur of the verdict amount ($8.35 million, a record in this court) in a medical malpractice case brought for a man whose...more

Robinson v. Azer

Plaintiffs’ Opposition To Motion For Remittitur Or New Trial

This brief was filed in successful opposition to a defense motion for new trial or to reduce a large verdict for the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice trial in the District of Columbia in 2017. The brief addresses issues...more

Court Sanctions Counsel for Not Disclosing Deleted Client Emails

by Zapproved LLC on

People v. Miller, No. 16PDJ067, 2017 BL 208514 (Colo. June 1, 2017). In a brief order, the Colorado Supreme Court fined and publicly censured attorney Randall Miller for failing to promptly disclose false evidence. During...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: June 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve civil procedure (class and representative actions) and wage and hour (retaliation) issues....more

Florida Bar Admission Proceedings Why You Need Counsel

When you apply for admission to The Florida Bar you are opening up every aspect of your life for investigation and scrutiny by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners (BOBE). Should you retain experienced counsel to assist you in...more

Code of Law: If You See Something, Say Something

by Dentons on

The legal profession's system of self-governance relies in part on what is effectively an "honor code" for attorneys. Specifically, when an attorney becomes aware of misconduct by another attorney, many states require that...more

Lawyers as “Gate Keepers” – The European Parliament Examines the Roles of Attorneys in Tax Evasion and Laundering Schemes

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting on April 27, and finishing on May 2, the European Parliament (EP)’s Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) is holding two meetings to present several related studies which...more

FBI Is Focused On Professional Service Providers

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

James C. Barnacle, Chief of the Money Laundering Unit in the Financial Crimes Section, Criminal Investigation Division, of the FBI recently stated that there is a RENEWED emphasis on investigations targeting “ money...more

Lawyers Beware: Sending Native File Documents to Third Parties May Violate Your Ethical Obligations

The rules governing discovery of electronically stored information, though not fully developed, have matured enough to provide the basic “do’s and don’ts” for attorneys. Frequently, a party must produce electronic documents,...more

No New Trial: Court Grounds EEOC Following JetStream’s Victory In Religious Discrimination Trial

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following a major victory for an airline-industry employer over the EEOC in a Title VII action regarding religious accommodations, the Court denied the EEOC’s motion for a new trial. The decision is a...more

When Lawyers Cross the Line – Breaking Bad Under the Law

by Michael Volkov on

While reading the Embraer settlement documents, I read over the facts implicating a senior legal executive and his/her involvement in the Embraer bribery scheme. Truthfully, I had a slight gasp as I read about a fellow lawyer...more

'Ostrich' Theory Enforces Ill-Defined Duty to Investigate Clients' Conduct

In recent years, the application of a “conscious avoidance” or “willful blindness” theory as the basis of attorneys’ liability for clients’ criminal conduct has been on the rise. In principle, this standard — commonly...more

When professional and personal lives collide – Parity among professions?

by Dentons on

Are all professions held to the same standard of honesty? In particular, if a professional is dishonest in his personal life, what is the impact on his professional life?...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - June 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Disqualification — Substantially Related Matters — Waiver of Conflict by Lack of Diligence in Seeking Disqualification - State of Minnesota, et al v. 3M Company, Hennepin County (Minn.), Court File No. 27-CV-10-28862...more

Court Has Inherent Authority to Supervise CSSP, Including Sanctioning Attorneys for Ethical Violations and Misconduct

On June 2, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressed another matter of alleged attorney misconduct in a Deepwater Horizon claims case and the District Court’s authority to impose sanctions for...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies That Lawyers Can Appeal Nonmonetary Sanctions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Imagine that, at the end of a case, the judge decides to impose sanctions on you for the way in which you have handled discovery, or done something at trial. In the order requiring you and your client to pay your opponent...more

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

by Field Law on

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

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

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

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

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

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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

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