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Ex-Terrorism Prosecutor Loses Lawsuit Over Story

DETROIT - (AP) A judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday by a former terrorism prosecutor who accused the U.S. Justice Department of violating privacy law by leaking details of an ethics investigation to the Detroit Free Press. Richard Convertino cannot show that the government acted willfully and illegally...

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Nevada Ethics Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Wednesday of a Nevada ethics law that governs when lawmakers should refrain from voting on official business as it considered a case involving a city council member's vote on a casino project, cast even though his campaign manager served...

When Can Law Firms Screen to Avoid Disqualifications?

By David Sorensen While many are aware of the concept of screening, especially in light of recent action by many states and the ABA in this regard, fewer are aware how actually to use screening effectively. Correct use can not only obviate potential disqualifications, but also bar complaints, fee...

ABA Offers Guidance On Ethical, Legal Duties When Lawyer Receives Copies Of Third Party's E-mail Communications With Counsel

By David Sorensen Another in Our Series of Hinshaw Lawyers for the Profession® Alerts American Bar Association Formal Opinion 11-460 : Duty When Lawyer Receives Copies of Third Party's E-mail Communications With Counsel (August 4, 2011) Hinshaw's legal ethics and risk management...

North Carolina State Bar Proposes New Formal Ethics Opinion

The intersection of technology and the rules of ethics continues to develop. The NC State Bar has proposed a new FEO ( 2012 Formal Ethics Opinion 5 ), which deals with the interesting question of the attorney-client privilege of an employee's emails to her personal lawyer that are on her employer's...

William A. Ruskin: Securitizing Litigation Claims for Fun and Profit

By William A. Ruskin Call me old fashioned, but I am uncomfortable with the growing industry involving third-party financing of commercial claims in litigation. In the not-too-distant future, it may well be that commercial litigations will be “bundled” and traded as securities on financial...