ETHICS

Relevant and newsworthy analysis of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Clause in retainer agreement providing 15-day billing entry objection found unenforceable.

D.C. ethics committee urges caution when expressing views on social media.

DWI felony conviction in another jurisdiction triggers instant disbarment.

Counsel must advise clients regarding weak cases.

Law clerk cannot act as judge without running afoul of ethical rules.

Lawyer's interviews with former employees are fully discoverable under new bright-line ruling.

Medicare Secondary Payer Act creates private cause of action against law firms.

Amended rule prohibits lawyer harassment and discrimination.

Decision widens jurisdictional split and highlights conflict over marijuana law.

Decision emphasizes severity of punishment possible when senior managers destroy evidence.

Terminating sanctions reversed in favor of a prohibition on the presentation of evidence.

Expert's violation of smoking testimony ban insufficient to sanction counsel.

State ethics committee cracking down on comparative attorney advertising.

Failure to follow California procedures for determining privilege causes disqualification.

Court finds that attorneys can be prosecuted for social media investigation tactics.

Non-compliance with court orders to acquire technological proficiency leads to discipline.

Disclose extent of research to venire or don't do it at all, judge says.

Court awards sanctions of higher attorney fees than charged.

Advisory opinion addresses where to keep flat fees and related issues.

No dismissal for intentional spoliation under new discovery standard for ESI preservation.

Malpractice involving illegal sentence only requires post-judgment relief.

Bar association says LinkedIn pages are attorney advertising only if certain criteria met.

Limiting scope of deponent's relevant knowledge is no defense for an unprepared witness.

Insurer's reservation of rights may create conflict.

Agreement with client for interest in patent in lieu of legal fees violates ethics rule.

Florida high court rejects referrals from non-lawyer-owned agencies.

Court approves attorney's warning that criminal plea could result in deportation.

Limited local counsel representation agreements may not also curtail ethical obligations.

Discovery misconduct warrants new trial under Rule 60 but not Rule 59.

"Death penalty" discovery sanctions issued for repeated contempt of discovery orders.

Defendant has no privacy right over cell phone records that do not reveal communications.

State supreme court holds actual conflict is necessary for attorney disqualification.

Law firms' merger causes incurable simultaneous representation of adversaries.

Federal court sanctions firm for prosecuting baseless and time-barred claims.

Court cites attorney lack of credibility justifying $1 million sanction for causing mistrial.

Court finds intent to release security interest is not required under the UCC.

State appellate court finds law firm had possession because it directed work.

California court finds attorney-client privilege applies to intra-firm communications.

Attorney fee award for frivolous legal arguments questioned.

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