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    Disbarred NJ Atty Must Face Ponzi Scheme Charges

    A New Jersey appellate court panel revived on Monday two money laundering charges against a Hazlet attorney accused of misappropriating nearly $1.2 million from hundreds of clients, some $588,000 of which he allegedly used for his own enrichment.

  • MoreMarrone Settles DuPont Fee Spat With Co-Counsel

    Two law firms embroiled in a dispute over how to divide some $1.8 million in attorney fees from a successful class action against DuPont have agreed to settle their claims for a six-figure sum before trial.

  • Ohio Panel Reverses Disqualification Order For HOA's Atty

    An Ohio appeals court reinstated a homeowners association's defense attorney in a dispute with a management company over legal fees, ruling that a lower court should not have granted the disqualification because there was no preexisting attorney-client relationship that prejudiced the parties.

  • Judge Recommends Axing Suit Over Texas Firm's Solicitation

    Troubled Houston law firm McClenny Moseley & Associates PLLC won a preliminary victory on Wednesday as a federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing a putative class action over its allegedly illegal efforts to solicit clients in hurricane-related property damage cases.

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    Meet The Attys Facing Off In Alston & Bird COVID Vaccine Suit

    A discrimination lawsuit against Alston & Bird LLP over a former aide's refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine has pitted a solo practitioner with a history of pursuing similar claims against two firm attorneys whose clients have included the likes of famed ex-lawyer L. Lin Wood and NASCAR.

  • 9th Circ. Sends Debt Collection Dispute Back To Lower Court

    A Ninth Circuit panel reversed a California federal court's ruling that a group of tenants' appeal of a state court judgment regarding the cost-collection actions of the landlords' attorney was improper, calling the ruling flawed and sending the case back to the federal court.

  • Calif. Atty Can't Recover Costs Yet In Anti-BLM Posts Case

    An attorney who was recently cleared on ethics charges stemming from May 2020 tweets calling for Black Lives Matter demonstrators to be shot can't recoup $4,000 in attorney fees just yet, because the State Bar of California is appealing that decision.

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    Pa. Atty Suspended For 4 Years For Bailing On Indigent Clients

    An Allegheny County attorney will serve a four-year suspension from practicing in the Keystone State after the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board found the attorney negligently represented clients in at least nine cases while under contract with Erie County to handle cases on behalf of indigent criminal defendants.

  • NY Law Firm Can't Ditch SEC's Ponzi Scheme Suit

    A New York law firm can't escape charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it aided and abetted an $8.4 million Ponzi scheme allegedly run by one of its clients, after a federal judge denied the firm's bid to be dismissed from the case.

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    How Rule Of Law Is Key To Integrating Tech In Court

    Emerging court technologies must be supervised and controlled by the judiciary, a new paper from a group of professors argues, while also noting the potential benefits the justice system could glean from the tech.

  • Jurisdiction Woes Kill Claims In Fugees Fraud Suit

    A Georgia federal judge on Monday cut a New York law firm from a lawsuit alleging it helped ex-Fugees rapper Prakazrel Samuel "Pras" Michel fraudulently sell his music catalog and warned the entire case may be dismissed if plaintiffs can't show it belongs in his courtroom.

  • California Man Cops To Theft Of $1.2M From Law Firm

    A 42-year-old California man pled guilty Monday to bank fraud after he embezzled close to $1.2 million from the San Francisco-based law firm where he worked as office manager for more than 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Texas Atty Calls Sex Tape Claims 'Inconsistent And Incredible'

    A Houston attorney has asked a state court to grant him an early win in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says he shared an intimate video of the two of them without her consent, telling the court that the woman's only goal with her "inconsistent and incredible" testimony is to defame him "based solely on her personal animosity."

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    Medical Funder Seeks $400K+ From Two Texas Firms

    Well States Healthcare, a company that pays medical bills upfront in personal injury cases and collects settlement money later, alleged that a pair of small Texas law firms and their client now owe the company more than $400,000.

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    ABA Wants 'Implausible' Data Breach Class Action Dropped

    The American Bar Association is seeking to torpedo a proposed class action over a March data breach, saying allegations that the organization deceived its members are "fatally deficient and implausible," and the attorneys behind the suit can't show any damages stemmed from the breach.

  • Firm Beats Fla. Suit Over Alleged Multimillion Trust Flub

    A Florida federal judge handed an early win Tuesday to a law firm accused of malpractice by a former client who claimed she had been deprived of millions of dollars in estate proceeds because of the firm's carelessness in revising a trust.

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    Muslim Org. Asks ABA Not To Alter Israel-Hamas Statement

    The National Association of Muslim Lawyers called on the American Bar Association late Monday to resist pressure to change a previous statement on the Israel-Hamas war — which called the killing of Israeli and Palestinian civilians violations of international law — after NAML says it obtained messages showing pro-Israel legal professionals criticizing the ABA's response to the hostilities.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Villaseñor On Midtrial Jury Talks

    Colorado state Judge Juan Villaseñor had been on the bench for only about a year when an attorney in a medical malpractice trial he was presiding over asked him to restrict when the jury could discuss the case.

  • Justices Won't Review Solo Practitioners' Sanctions Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request to review sanctions against a pair of attorneys who were found to have pursued "frivolous causes of action" against a title services company.

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    Former Conn. Deputy AG Joins Cowdery Murphy

    The former deputy attorney general for the state of Connecticut has moved to private practice at Cowdery Murphy & Healy LLC less than a year after retiring from state government.

  • Texas Atty Ends Disability Firing Suit Against PI Firm

    After Texas personal injury firm Thomas J. Henry Law PLLC and a former attorney who sued the firm for allegedly firing her for seeking disability accommodations told a federal judge that the plaintiff had permanently dismissed her claims, the judge on Monday closed the case for good.

  • Lawyer Wellness Group Slams 5th Circ. Decision

    The Institute for Well-Being in Law on Monday slammed a recent Fifth Circuit decision that found Louisiana State Bar Association social media posts about student debt relief, gay rights and other issues violated the First Amendment rights of attorneys in the state, calling the ruling "shocking and disturbing."

  • Girardi Says 'Severe' Impairment Means He Can't Stand Trial

    Disgraced attorney Thomas Girardi is not faking his mental decline and is unfit to stand trial in a criminal case alleging that he stole tens of millions of dollars from his own vulnerable clients, according to the public defenders representing him in California federal court.

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    'Robot Lawyer' Class Action Dismissed By Ill. Court

    An Illinois federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action against DoNotPay Inc., the self-described "world's first robot lawyer," determining that an Illinois law firm failed to prove any real injury with its claims that the tech company offers unlicensed legal services.

  • Chicago Firm Wins Suit Alleging Online Atty Impersonation

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Friday that intellectual property firm Greer Burns & Crain Ltd.'s trademarks were violated by an unknown party that was operating a nearly identical website to its own.

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