Judicial Ethics

Telling Lawyer To Do His Job Isn’t Favoritism, Judge Rules

A Michigan federal judge on Thursday refused to recuse himself from a Canadian woman’s suit over an allegedly botched breast surgery, saying his instruction that the woman’s attorney should file a well-argued brief didn’t amount to bias on the judge’s part…

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Bear Stearns Hits Reed Smith With $500M Malpractice Suit

Reed Smith LLP bungled its representation of two now-defunct Bear Stearns investment funds that had sued ratings agencies for overvaluing residential mortgage-backed securities they bought, the funds claimed in a suit filed Tuesday in New York state court seeking more than half a billion dollars in damages…

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Calif. Judge Accused Of 20-Year Pattern Of Sex Harassment

A California appeals judge engaged in a two-decade pattern of misbehavior that included repeatedly groping a fellow judge, making unwanted sexual advances toward police officers and appearing drunk while purportedly on official business, according to a filing in a disciplinary action made public Monday…

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Uber Wins DQ Of Opposing Attys In Unfair Competition Case

A California federal judge agreed with Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday that a conflict of interest involving its opponents’ attorneys at Keller Lenkner LLC is grounds to boot them from a case claiming the ride-hailing company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors to gain a competitive edge…

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Studios Decry ‘Game-Playing’ By Media Exec In Copyright Suit

A group of the most powerful companies in the media industry including Disney, Netflix and Amazon have asked a California federal judge to punish a businessman accused of copyright infringement for his purported “abandonment of his discovery obligations,” according to a Wednesday filing…

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