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  • Texas IP Firm Drops Suit Against Ex-Atty Seeking $225K

    Intellectual property firm Nolte Lackenbach Siegel has dropped its suit in Texas federal court against a former attorney seeking affirmation it doesn't owe him more than $200,000 in back wages, but the reasons for the dismissal were not available.

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    What To Do When Clients Don't Pay Their Legal Bills On Time

    Two recent reports on U.S. law firm financial results highlighted a growing problem facing firms: difficulty in expediently collecting payments on work that has already been performed.

  • Justices Won't Review Va. Atty's Suspension Over Car Scam

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the Fourth Circuit's ruling that a Virginia bankruptcy court can suspend and fine an attorney who participated in a scheme to take possession of debtors' cars and force creditors to pay exorbitant fees to claim them.

  • 'Probate Pro' Atty Beats Negligence Suit Over Contested Will

    A Michigan estate attorney self-styled as "The Probate Pro" beat back allegations that he should have done more to investigate an allegedly forged will, with a Michigan appellate panel ruling he was diligent in responding to challenges from the deceased's estranged son.

  • NC Atty Can't Appeal Phone Threat Conviction, Top Court Told

    State prosecutors urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to throw out an appeal by an attorney looking to reverse misdemeanor charges over a threatening phone call he allegedly made, saying there is no opinion from the state appeals court that he can appeal.

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    Legal Industry Adjusts DEI Landscape After Harvard Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court's move earlier this year to terminate race-based affirmative action in college admissions may have focused on higher education, but some in the legal industry took the ruling as a cue to reexamine their firms' diversity, equity and inclusion policies.

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    Murdaugh Murder Case Judge Won't Hear Post-Trial Motions

    The South Carolina judge who oversaw Alex Murdaugh's double-murder trial, in which the attorney was convicted of killing his wife and son, is stepping away from the case and has requested a different judge be assigned to rule on any post-trial motions, according to a South Carolina Supreme Court order made public Thursday.

  • Ga. Justices Won't Reopen Case of Cleared Atty Suing Bar

    The Supreme Court of Georgia on Thursday denied a request from the state bar to reopen an ethics case against an attorney recently cleared of misconduct allegations, who is currently suing the bar over alleged racial bias in its disciplinary practices.

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    Calif. Bar Adopts AI Guidelines Tackling Confidentiality, Billing

    The California bar has approved guidance for attorneys using generative software — systems that produce images and text — addressing confidentiality, competence, nonlawyer supervision and billing, as other states consider passing similar guidelines.

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    Bona Law Hires Veteran Calif. Antitrust Prosecutor

    California-based antitrust boutique Bona Law PC announced this week that it has hired a longtime lawyer within the California attorney general's office as counsel in its San Diego office.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms revealed rebrands, promoted partners and landed laterals. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Major Lindsey Launches Online Freelance Atty Hiring Platform

    Legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa has officially launched its online legal freelance hiring platform, Hire an Esquire, after acquiring the Philadelphia-based, technology-driven legal staffing company in January.

  • 2nd Circ. Won't Rehear Suit On Insurer's Duty To Defend

    The Second Circuit has announced it will not hold a full court rehearing on its panel decision that insurer RSUI Group Inc. had no obligation to defend an attorney's construction company against breach of contract claims because its policy only covered lawsuits over legal services.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Seeger Weiss LLP and Motley Rice LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a California federal judge ordered Meta and other social media companies in multidistrict litigation to face negligence claims that they purposely addict and harm young people.

  • Md. Atty Who Embezzled $8.5 Million Disbarred In DC

    A panel of D.C. Court of Appeals judges disbarred a Maryland attorney Thursday, announcing the former Chevy Chase principal who stole $8.5 million earmarked for COVID-19 equipment should be banned from practicing in the District of Columbia.

  • Defense Atty Cops To Bribing SDNY Clerk For Case Referrals

    A criminal defense lawyer pled guilty Thursday to paying tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to a clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in exchange for client referrals over more than a decade.

  • Ill. Atty Faces Suspension Over Mishandled Client Funds

    An Illinois disciplinary commission endorsed a six-month suspension for a personal injury attorney who allegedly spent his client's settlement money, telling the state's high court that the lawyer's failure to engage with the process "is a significant factor in aggravation."

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    'Unapologetically Aggressive' Litigation Firm Hits LA Scene

    Frost LLP, a litigation-only boutique that promises an "unapologetically aggressive approach," announced Thursday that it has launched in California with a 10-attorney roster including two partners from Weinberg Gonser LLP and a former co-head of the CW television network.

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    Law Firms Staying Put And Expanding In Strong Office Market

    U.S. law firms are opting to stay in place and expand their footprints rather than move or downsize, as the legal office space market stays on track for the strongest year since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020, a new report shows.

  • Conn. Atty Opposes Summary Judgment For Fee-Split Dispute

    A Connecticut attorney suing another attorney over a referral fee has opposed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the matter is a breach of contract case that must be heard by a jury and that the firm stole a client, likely violating the rules of professional conduct.

  • NJ Atty Settles Malpractice Suit Over $486K No-Show Loss

    A California jewelry store and its former attorney have agreed to settle a yearslong lawsuit stemming from allegations that the store was hit with a nearly $500,000 default judgment against it after the lawyer kept the store in the dark about the case for years.

  • Attys Seek To Keep Beirut Bombing-Related Suit In Texas

    Two lawyers who accused their former co-counsel of trying to cut them out of litigation against the Iranian government over the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing told a Texas federal judge to reject a bid to have their suit either tossed or relocated to their opponents' home state of Maryland.

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    Del. Atty, Law Professor Among Biden's Recent Appointees

    A named partner who works for Delaware firm Doroshow Pasquale Krawitz and Bhaya and a prominent law professor at the University of Delaware are among those recently appointed by President Joe Biden to serve on boards and commissions.

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    Rimon Acquires Six-Atty IP Boutique In Virginia

    Rimon PC announced the acquisition of Washington, D.C., area firm Davidson Berquist Jackson & Gowdey LLP, adding six intellectual property attorneys in the nearby town of McLean, Virginia.

  • 4th Circ. Revives Md. Atty Client Ethics Challenge

    A Maryland attorney will have a second shot at defending himself against accusations he violated state professional ethics rules, after the Fourth Circuit determined the federal district court failed to properly notify him about client-specific charges amid the ethics hearing, violating a Supreme Court ruling that such proceedings are "quasi-criminal."

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