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Corporate owners knew little about patents they got free of charge and the litigation that followed, judge finds

A federal judge in Delaware is explaining why he ordered patent holding company Nimitz Technologies to produce records showing how it came to own a patent at issue in four cases before him.

Las Vegas lawyer is disbarred for forming law firm with nonlaywer who did most of the legal work

A Las Vegas lawyer has been disbarred for forming a law firm with a nonlawyer who held himself out as an attorney, met with clients and provided legal advice.

Nicotine addiction costs vaping trial lawyer more than $2,100

A federal magistrate judge in Youngstown, Ohio, has sanctioned a suburban Cleveland lawyer more than $2,100 for vaping in the courtroom during the trial of an employment discrimination case.

Should disbarred lawyers be given second chances?

Currently, disbarment is always permanent in New Jersey and a minority of other states. In some other states, including Louisiana, disbarment can either be permanent or temporary. But in the majority of states and in the District of Columbia, disbarred lawyers may apply for readmission after a period of time—often at least five years.

‘You mean we have to feed these people?’ Remark part of judge’s ‘habitual intemperance,’ ethics complaint says

A Georgia judge is facing a 58-count ethics complaint alleging that he made improper gender-based and intemperate comments, tried to influence cases involving acquaintances, and participated in a promotional video and Facebook fundraiser for a children’s advocacy center.

SCOTUS legal counsel defends Alito dinner with evangelical couple, says leak report is ‘uncorroborated’

The legal counsel for the U.S. Supreme Court is defending Justice Samuel Alito’s ethics following a report from the New York Times alleging that one of the justice's dinner companions later passed along information about the outcome of an upcoming Supreme Court decision to an anti-abortion crusader.

Former Biden judicial pick faces possible sanctions for alleged ‘countless hours wasted’ in bias case

An assistant New York attorney general who was once nominated for a federal judgeship is defending his litigation decisions after a federal judge ordered him to show cause why he shouldn’t be sanctioned.

Judge is accused of falsely claiming assault in dispute over bike rental

Updated: A Michigan judge has been accused of falsely claiming that the owner of a bicycle shop assaulted her during a dispute over the rental of a bicycle.

ABA asks SCOTUS to preserve long-standing attorney-client privilege

In an amicus brief filed Wednesday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to consider client-lawyer communications privileged, even if the purpose of some of those communications is not to request or give legal advice.

Ohio lawyer is accused of tossing poop-filled Pringles can into parking lot of victims advocacy center

An Ohio lawyer has been accused in an ethics complaint of depositing his feces into a potato chip can and then tossing it into the parking lot of a victims advocacy center.

Lawyer used deceptive ‘mobile claim center’ to solicit Hurricane Ian clients, Florida Bar alleges

A lawyer is denying allegations that she solicited Hurricane Ian clients using a truck designed to look like an operation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or a state-run site. The lawyer said the Florida Bar’s petition for her emergency suspension is based on “a clear misunderstanding of the underlying facts and circumstances in this matter.”

Lawyer’s testimony about client’s threat to ‘bust a cap’ in prosecutor warrants reversal, appeals court says

A trial court erred when it allowed a lawyer to testify about a client’s alleged threats against a prosecutor during two private conversations in the courthouse hallway, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has ruled.

More than $2M in sanctions sought against Gibson Dunn and Facebook

Plaintiffs are seeking more than $2 million in sanctions against Facebook and its lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher after a federal judge said they engaged in “dilatory discovery conduct.”

‘We’re just mean people’ excuse fails to persuade Texas court on sanctions

A Texas appeals court has rejected a lawyer’s argument that his colleague can’t be sanctioned for “aggressive and even unkind” comments if there was no interference with justice and “we’re just mean people.”

Ex-lawyer sentenced for Molotov cocktail toss; she’s ‘a remarkable person who did a terrible thing,’ judge says

A disbarred tenants lawyer was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for tossing a Molotov cocktail into an unoccupied police car during May 2020 racial justice demonstrations in New York.

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