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Large law firm issues

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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TweetI hesitated before writing this post for fear of unnecessarily adding to the echo chamber that has resulted from Noam Scheiber’s unflattering portrait of Mayer Brown in The New Republic. But I decided to go ahead because of the value of sharing the candid and telling reactions that I have heard from leaders of many […]

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TweetIt sounds like a simple question but it actually isn’t. When law firms fail, trustees are tasked with recouping money for creditors and one source of assets is the unfinished legal work of former partners which they then take with them to their new firms. A new federal court ruling out of New York challenges […]

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TweetRecently Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Arthur Schack recused himself from a retrial of a case for appearances’ sake after engaging in some highly questionable conduct-at least according to defense counsel.  Miller v. Lewis, 11358/09 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Kings Co.)  Although Justice Schack claims that he was not biased against attorney John McDonough, according to McDonough, Judge […]

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TweetApproximately two months ago the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved an amended settlement in a long-standing securities class action suit named In re IMAX Securities Litigation, No. 06 Civ. 6128 (S.D.N.Y. 8/1/12). However, it reserved decision on the requested attorneys’ fees and expenses pending further briefing on the issues […]

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TweetYes-you read that right-law firms have started competing for client business by submitting bids in an auction the clients conduct for legal fees.  This is yet another consequence of the challenging economy which is forcing companies to tighten their belts and forcing law firms to agree to accept lower fees because of an overall loss of […]

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TweetIn a case entitled Wo Yee Hing et al. v. Howard Stern, New York State Appellate Division, First Department, Index No. 115517/07 (7/31/12), the First Department recently determined in a 4-1 ruling that a real estate attorney might have acted negligently, but he cannot be sued for legal malpractice because his clients could not prove that his […]

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TweetIf you are an out-of-work attorney or a lawyer looking for a change-better brush up on your foreign language skills. They might come in handy in landing your next legal job. International business disputes are on the rise and as a result law firms are hiring attorneys with foreign language skills to handle the increase […]

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TweetIn our increasingly social media savvy age,this was bound to occur sooner or later–a recent federal district court decision entitled Lyons v. Rienzi & Sons, Inc. et al.,  09 CV 4253 (E.D.N.Y. 2012) grappled with the issue of whether a Facebook page can be considered a contact with New York for purposes of exercising long-arm […]

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TweetAccording to a recent survey conducted by the ALM Legal Intelligence and sponsored by LexisNexis Counsel Link, alternative fee arrangements (“AFA”) for legal services, i.e. billing methods based on a metric different from hourly billing rates, is failing to gain traction amongst lawyers.  The survey is entitled “Speaking Different Languages: Alternative Fee Arrangements for Law […]

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