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Court dismisses attorney and client’s $120 million libel lawsuit against legal journal

From Beres vs. Daily Journal Corp.decided Monday by Judge William Dimitrouleas (SD Fla.): Plaintiff Christopher T. Beres, a Florida attorney, and Plaintiff Andrew Delaney, one of Beres’ clients, bring a count of defamation against defendant Daily Journal Corporation based on the publication by the Daily Journal of a two-part article…. The Amended Complaint alleges that […]

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Lawyer reprimanded by DC Ethics Committee for ‘frivolous’ sanctions offer

DC Disciplinary Lawyer Says John Lillard Filed Unsubstantiated Penalties Motion He was found guilty of breaching several rules of professional conduct (Reuters) – The Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Washington, DC, has issued an informal reprimand to a lawyer who it says sought sanctions against opposing counsel without a legal basis to do so. The […]

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Montana Health Department Changes Chief Counsel Qualifications, Recruits DC Attorney

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (photo by Eric Seidle/For the Daily Montanan). (Daily Montanan) When the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services dropped the requirement that its chief legal counsel be a member of the state bar, it opened the door for the Gianforte administration to hire a conservative heavyweight […]

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Charitable fund lawyer helped ex-director siphon off money, lawsuit alleges

Illinois attorney tapped into client United Employee Benefit Fund assets to help ex-director stay home, earn $300,000 salary and misappropriate other amounts, new United director claims hiring. Attorney L. Steven Platt violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and engaged in professional negligence, as Scott Mayer, a Colorado attorney who assisted him, the administrator alleges […]

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‘My lawyer is going to take me down,’ says drunk driver who overshot limit almost four times

Warwick Smith / Stuff On Monday, two drunken drivers appeared in Nelson District Court. (File photo) A man found four times over the limit has told police he likes to drink and his lawyer will drop him from the charges. Richard Alan Flintoft, 56, appeared in Nelson District Court on Monday, pleading guilty to a […]

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Texas lawyer banned from Louisiana bar for overstepping his practice

A Texas attorney will be barred from seeking admission to the Louisiana bar for more than a year after filing a petition in a Louisiana court case without seeking admission pro hac vice, according to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Travis Mitchell Hill, who is licensed to practice in Texas but not Louisiana, filed a motion […]

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LOVE LOCKED! Lawyer asks Ethan Crumbley’s parents to stop kissing in court

Prosecutors demanded action against “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” displays of affection in the courtroom between James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of defendant Ethan Crumbley, a Michigan high school gunman. According to a court filing obtained by the Detroit Free Press, James, 45, and Jennifer Crumbley, 43, kissed and said “I love you” during the hearings. […]

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Colorado lawyer loses Utah Pro Hac offer after 23 appearances

A Colorado attorney’s motion seeking pro hac vice admission to defend an insurer in Utah federal court was denied because after 23 previous admissions over the past five years, he has failed to show cause not to seek admission to the bar in the State of Utah. Jack Englert Jr. of Holland & Hart LLP […]

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In heated hearing, lawyer says professors who sued University of Florida have ‘unclean hands’

A lawyer representing the University of Florida board of trustees, its president and two senior trustees told a hearing on Friday that three political science professors who filed a lawsuit against his firm’s clients had “unclean hands” and had engaged in “misconduct”. ” The three scholars – Daniel A. Smith, Michael McDonald and Sharon Wright […]

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High Court suspends ABQ lawyer for challenging judge’s impartiality

Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the indefinite suspension of the license of Albuquerque lawyer Victor Marshall over charges he brought against the impartiality of a former Court of Appeal judge in a major water rights case in 2009. The judges delivered their decision after hearing arguments from Marshall, […]

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Opinions January 7, 2022 – The Indiana Lawyer

The next 7e The Circuit Court of Appeal’s opinion was released after the IL deadline on Thursday:United States of America v. Larry A. Jones, Jr.21‐1293Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division. Justice Damon R. Leichty. Criminal. Affirms dismissal of Larry A. Jones Jr.’s motion to remove […]

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Policy exclusions keep insurer out of attorney’s federal lawsuit

The lawsuit against an attorney seeking compensation for a malpractice claim against him will continue in federal court after a wrongfully joined secondary insurer was rightfully dismissed from the suit, the Fifth Circuit has said. Mark Ticer, a Texas attorney, was sued by a client in 2014 and 2018 over a fee dispute. In 2018, […]

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Davis Polk says black lawyer fired for poor work, not his race

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP claim evidence gathered in racial discrimination and retaliation from former black associate shows he was fired for consistently poor work, which has not improved despite help , and that his federal lawsuit should be dismissed without trial. Senior lawyers from three of the firm’s independent practice groups had documented “increasingly […]