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California Supreme Court Holds That Conflict Invalidates Firm's Engagement Letter But Says Firm Still May Be Able To Get Paid
Last week, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton,LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co.,Inc.,a decision which lawyers and law firms anxiously awaited for months
United States
12 Sep 2018
N.Y. State Bar Ethics Committee Takes On Avvo Legal Services, Says Model Violates Ethics Rules
Recently the New York State Bar Ethics Committee issued a pair of opinions about the limitations on a lawyer's ability to take advantage of certain on-line legal marketing services.
United States
5 Sep 2017
Non-Party Has Sufficient Interest to Disqualify Law Firm From Second Circuit Case
Because disqualification can have a huge impact on both law firms and clients alike, we pay special attention to any decisions on the subject.
United States
25 Oct 2016
Less Exposure: New York Appeals Court Finds Privilege For Law Firm In-House Counsel
A New York appeals court gave attorneys a reason to celebrate just before the July 4th holiday weekend.
United States
14 Jul 2016
N.Y. Court Of Appeals Narrowly Interprets Common Interest Exception To Attorney-Client Privilege
This opinion has important implications for communications between attorneys and clients, particularly in commercial contexts.
United States
7 Jul 2016
Watch What You Say: New York Court Rule Will Expose More Attorney-Client Communications
Anyone who has ever had to litigate a dispute knows how important the attorney-client privilege is.
United States
21 Jun 2016
Not Just A New York State Of Mind: Nonresident Lawyers Must Have A Physical Office In New York
On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck a blow to nonresident lawyers looking to practice in New York State.
United States
27 Apr 2016
Playing Nicely With Others: Cross-Border Fee Sharing With Firms That Play By Different Rules
Finally, the NYSBA's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section endorsed the ABA's proposed changes concerning inter-firm fee sharing.
United States
10 Feb 2016
Law Firms Win Big Case Arising From Representation Of Clients With Competing Interests
Law firms often struggle to determine when the rules of professional conduct permit representation of clients who compete in the marketplace. When is it OK, for example, to represent clients with competing patents, trademarks, or copyrights?
United States
5 Jan 2016
New York Authorizes Temporary Practice By Out-Of-State Lawyers
Section 523 is very simple. It continues to prohibit lawyers not admitted here from "establish[ing] an office or other systematic or continuous presence" in New York or from holding themselves out to the public as New York lawyers.
United States
17 Dec 2015
Virtually Unclear: Will Legal Tech Companies Bridge Justice Gap Or Fall Into UPL Abyss?
In 1965, Norman F. Dacey published a book, How to Avoid Probate, which sold 600,000 copies in two years.
United States
4 Aug 2015
Bits Or Mortar: Will New York Continue To Require Non-Resident Lawyers To Have Physical Offices?
For a variety of reasons, some New York lawyers choose to practice "virtually" - that is, they conduct their business primarily over the Internet, rather than through a physical law office.
United States
16 Apr 2015
New Ethics Opinion Says New York Lawyers May Use A Virtual Law Office Address In Advertising
In the current legal and economic climate, some lawyers are using - or considering using - so-called "virtual law offices".
United States
17 Jun 2014
In-House Counsel Ethics
When it comes to ethical guidance, in-house lawyers get the short end of the stick.
United States
13 Jun 2014
New York Court Of Appeals Rules On Attorney Fees Issue
The New York Court of Appeals in Albunio v. City of New York issued a ruling on a question that has long bedeviled civil rights and employment lawyers.
United States
28 Apr 2014
Ethics Roundup For 2013: Six Developments That Affect The Way We Practice Law
Our work as professional responsibility attorneys over the past year has given us a front row seat to the most bedeviling ethical conundrums faced by lawyers.
United States
27 Dec 2013
Photographer’s Copyright Infringement Claims Rejected By Second Circuit
The Second Circuit has affirmed dismissal of photographer Janine Gordon’s copyright infringement claims against photographer Ryan McGinley and several other defendants who allegedly displayed McGinley’s work, including Frankfurt Kurnit client Ratio 3 Gallery.
United States
21 Nov 2012
Fairey Sentenced To Probation, Community Service
Shepard Fairey avoided jail time for his criminal contempt conviction arising from evidence tampering in his previous civil lawsuit against the Associated Press.
United States
11 Sep 2012
Loss Of Personal Data Is Sufficient To Advance Privacy Lawsuit
These days, companies rely increasingly on e-commerce and social networking to enhance sales. In the process, however, they are collecting enormous amounts of personal consumer data that may be vulnerable to security breaches. The costs of those breaches can be high. Companies that fail adequately to protect consumer data may be subject to Federal and State regulatory investigations, as well as civil lawsuits.
United States
12 May 2011
Update: Funeral Protests Involved Protected Speech On Public Issues, Supreme Court Rules
The controversial activities of the Westboro Baptist Church culminated in a near-unanimous Supreme Court decision earlier this month.
United States
28 Mar 2011
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