A Pennsylvania state court judge disqualified Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP earlier this month from appearing for either defendant in a shareholder dispute involving a Philadelphia LLC that provides services to pharmaceutical companies.  The opinion spotlights the conflict issues that can come up when representing an entity and its controlling member against a claimed minority owner. View Full Post
Let’s be friends?  FL supreme court asked to decide whether lawyers and judges can be FB pals The Third District Florida court of appeals got some press this summer when it affirmed an order refusing to disqualify a judge who was Facebook friends with one of the lawyers in a case before her.  The court wrote that “a ‘friend’ on a social networking website is not necessarily a friend in the traditional sense of the word,” and therefore being “friends” was not disqualifying, “without more”  — namely a well-grounded fear of partiality. View Full Post
Deleted spam leads to missed appeal; not excusable, FL court of appeals holds If the clerk of courts e-mails you an order that your client must pay $1 million in attorney fees to the opposing party, but your spam filter catches the e-mail and then deletes it after 30 days without alerting you, and you therefore fail to appeal the order in time — well, your client may be out of luck, as a Florida court of appeals ruled recently.  View Full Post
FL firm trawling for clients in PA draws suit for unfair competition A Philadelphia personal injury law firm has sued an out-of-state competitor in Pennsylvania federal court, claiming that its TV, billboard and on-line ads reaching the Philadelphia area are false and misleading, violating the Lanham Act and constituting unfair competition. The case is a reminder that the ethics rules and disciplinary action aren’t the only exposure lawyers might have to a claimed violation of the limits on advertising legal services. View Full Post