ABA Journal

Litigation Management

125 ABA Journal Litigation Management articles.

Lawyer is convicted in staged slip-and-fall scheme that involved unnecessary surgeries

A New York lawyer was convicted Friday in a scheme to recruit people to participate in staged slip-and-fall accidents and then to undergo unnecessary surgeries to increase the value of their claims.

Arnold & Porter is ordered to pay more than $150K in sanctions for discovery ‘poor judgment’

Updated: A New York judge has ordered Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer to pay more than $150,000 for failing to notify the state of New York of relevant late-discovered documents in opioid litigation and for other "discovery breaches."

Judge is accused of telling custody litigant to ‘zip it,’ noting ‘10th freaking day of this hearing’

An Indiana judge is facing an ethics complaint contending that he made undignified comments in a custody case when he told the father to “zip it” and “shut up” and declared: “This is just bulls- - -.”

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.

8 types of clients you must manage in your legal practice

How a client behaves may not only negatively impact a firm and its lawyers: Untrustworthy clients may also pose a professional responsibility risk. A lawyer who practices virtually and in real time has developed some tips to manage the untrustworthy client as well as other difficult clients.

‘Show the Brief’: Lawyers can be better communicators by bringing visuals to their briefs

My decision to teach law more than 40 years ago has had the single biggest impact on my professional development. I made the move after working as a public defender in Seattle and as an assistant attorney general. I wanted to deepen my trial skills and thought teaching could help me.

Courts aren’t for ‘performative litigation,’ judge says, as he sanctions Trump lawyers for conspiracy suit

A group of lawyers are facing sanctions for their representation of former President Donald Trump in a conspiracy lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and several others.

Slowdown signals ‘rocky road ahead’ for large law firms, but midsize firms make gains, Thomson Reuters report says

Law firm profitability slowed in the third quarter of 2022, according to new data released Monday, as large firms faced rising expenses driven by higher wages and overhead costs.

Lawyer flubs allowed Politico to access law professor’s election-litigation emails

How did Politico obtain a law professor’s election-litigation emails? It began when a lawyer failed to deactivate a Dropbox link that was created to share documents with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Election litigation brings developments in 2 Pennsylvania cases; what else is pending?

Election litigation is heating up in advance of the midterm elections next week—bringing developments in two Pennsylvania cases.

How do you calculate damages in injury trials? Longtime expert witness reveals methodology

Estimating what the future would have looked like if an accident had never occurred can seem more like a thought experiment than a scientific process. But there’s a science behind it, says Michael Shahnasarian.

Dechert was ‘willfully blind’ to partner accused of conspiring to hack opponent’s emails, RICO suit says

A civil racketeering lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Dechert of turning a blind eye to alleged unethical conduct by a London partner who allegedly conspired to hack and release the emails of a client’s opponent.

Boies Schiller hopes to use radio, social media to inform clients it is withdrawing from Chiquita litigation

Boies Schiller Flexner wants to withdraw from its representation of about 1,400 Colombian clients suing Chiquita Brands International for its alleged support of paramilitary violence.

Kasowitz Benson is sanctioned for ‘dilatory tactics’ in suit accusing it of malicious prosecution

Updated: A Florida judge has ordered Kasowitz Benson Torres and one of its former partners to pay attorney fees for “dilatory tactics” in a lawsuit filed by the wife of Marvel Entertainment chairman Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter.

Pro se lawyers must follow ‘no-contact’ rule, new ABA ethics opinion says

Pro se lawyers may not directly contact an opposing litigant if that person is represented by counsel.

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