The Federal Trade Commission plans to both update its investigative process and clarify how it handles allegations of attorney misconduct, the agency has announced, seeking public comment on both issues.
A Virginia State Bar discipline committee rejected First Amendment defenses last week to find misconduct by a lawyer who wrote about his cases on the Internet without client consent and without a disclaimer saying case results may vary.
A family law attorney who engaged in a sexual relationship with a client he represented in a divorce proceeding should be publicly censured, the New Hampshire Supreme Court Professional Conduct Committee has determined.
A lawyer who engaged in a sexual relationship with the wife of a client he was representing in a divorce proceeding should be suspended for three years and pay restitution to his former client, the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has ruled.
A lawyer’s affair with his client’s wife is a per se violation of the state’s ethical rules, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.
The law of lawyering has long imposed upon each lawyer an affirmative and enforceable professional duty to help self-police the profession. Columnist W. William Hodes takes a closer look at when a lawyer should report another lawyer’s misconduct.
Many thousands of homeowners authorities allege have been taken in by unscrupulous or incompetent loan modification attorneys who rushed into a burgeoning legal niche: helping financially struggling homeowners re-negotiate their mortgages. Ripoffs of homeowners have become so commonplace that state bar associations from Florida to Arizona are warning their members of the many ethical pitfalls awaiting those who exploit the mortgage crisis.