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Ethics

TweetThe Pemberton Mill collapse in 1860 bears a strong resemblance to a tragedy that occurred just a few month ago in Bangladesh. An eight-story garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka collapsed killing over 1,000 people and injuring many more. The accident is blamed on substandard construction and poor enforcement safety regulations. The 1862 Boston […]

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TweetIn a Sept. 25 order denying a social media aggregator firm’s motion to reconsider a 2012 ruling that found it guilty of spam and computer fraud violations against Facebook Inc., a California federal judge also determined that the company’s CEO “authorized and directed” the illegal activities, making him personally liable under the statutes (Facebook Inc. […]

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TweetThe Kentucky Supreme Court on Aug. 29 reinstated a $ 42 million judgment against three fen-phen attorneys who allegedly took excessive fees and costs from a $ 200 million diet drug settlement for 431 plaintiffs (Mildred Abbott, et al. v., No. 2011-SC-000291-DG, Ky. Sup.; 2013 Ky. LEXIS 367). Plaintiff attorneys Shirley A. Cunningham Jr., William J. […]

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TweetThe billable hour model has been criticized for years, both inside and outside of the legal community. Now it has many clients of big law firms questioning whether they have been overcharged. The latest controversy arose from a fee dispute between DLA Piper and a former bankruptcy client. When DLA Piper sued to collect $675,000 […]

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TweetRomantic relationships in the workplace can often wreak havoc. However, one law firm’s fraternization program is now the basis for an employment lawsuit. Kimberly A. Elkjer is suing her Texas law firm over its policy of prohibiting male and female employees from being “alone together,” both in and out of the office. Elkjer further claims […]

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TweetWorking as a New Jersey municipal judge should give a stand-up comedian a lot of great material. However, the Canons of Judicial Conduct also hold members of the judiciary to a very high ethical standard. As a result, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently considered whether a part-time municipal court judge Vince A. Sicari should […]

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TweetA Chicago attorney is in hot water over comments she made on her blog. The posts included allegations of corruption in the probate court of Cook County, particularly in relation to a case in which she was disqualified. While many lawyers and law firms now have blogs, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) […]

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TweetLawyers, law professors, and others in the legal community are increasingly using legal blogs and other Internet platforms to comment on groundbreaking or otherwise interesting legal developments. However, as a recent defamation lawsuit highlights, writers always run the risk of becoming a topic of legal commentary themselves. Zachary Kramer, an associate dean at Arizona State […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. The brother of convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard L. Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Dec. 20 for his role in the scheme, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara (USA v. Peter Madoff, […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. Pfizer has agreed to pay $ 42.9 million to 32 states and the District of Columbia for alleged deceptive marketing of its Zyvox antibiotic and its Lyrica pain drug, according to Dec. 12 press releases by the states’ attorneys general (State of Tennessee, et al. v. Pfizer Inc., […]

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