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Ethics

TweetThe Southern District of New York recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the well-known law firm Jacoby & Meyers (memorable, at the very least, for its ubiquitous t.v. ads) in which the firm challenged New York Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4.  That rule prohibits non-lawyers from investing in law firms.  The firm claimed that the […]

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TweetFor law students hoping that their legal degree would be the ticket to steady, high-paying jobs, the reality of the current economy is understandably disappointing. But are law schools to blame? According to a growing number of class-action lawsuits, many believe the answer is yes. In February, twelve law schools were slapped with class-action lawsuits […]

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TweetCyberattacks on Law Firms-Background In what has become an all too familiar refrain, a major New York law firm was recently informed by the FBI that all of the firm’s client files had been discovered on a server in a foreign country. Those files were then sent from that foreign server to China. For those […]

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TweetFACTS In the recent case, Zalewski v. Shelroc Homes, LLC 1:11-CV-1159 (N.D.N.Y. 3/6/12), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York grappled with the issue whether to disqualify plaintiffs’ attorney, Lee Palmateer, because he had once been interviewed by defendants with a view to representing them in the identical or substantially similar action. The court […]

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TweetIn a recent opinion entitled Matter of Gold; Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, 2012 Slip Op 61346 (U) (2d Dep’t 1/17/12) the court found prima facie that defendant attorney Allen Gold was “guilty of professional misconduct immediately threatening the public interest based upon his failure to cooperate with the lawful demands of the Grievance Committee for the Tenth […]

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TweetA unanimous panel of Second Circuit judges upheld an order of sanctions against three attorneys, Mustapha Ndanusa, Dennis Cunningham and William Veale, who insisted that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld caused the 9/11 terror attacks. The attorneys were ordered to pay $15,000 in sanctions and to pay double what the U.S. Government spent defending itself against their lawsuit. […]

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TweetThe other day an article ran in the Wall Street Journal discussing the disclaimers many of us include in our emails but that almost none of us read. Entitled, “Warning: if the email you just read isn’t for you, don’t read it”, by Dionne Searcey and Michael Rothfeld, it is an amusing article and also […]

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