Tag Archives: Litigation

If It Can Happen To Playboy . . . It Can Happen To You

Playboy Enterprises recently filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against its attorneys for failing to settle an employee whistleblower lawsuit within the insurance policy limits, thereby exposing Playboy to a verdict in excess of the policy limits.  According to an April … Continue reading

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Widow’s Estate Ordered To Pay Lawyers $44 Million For Five Months Work

New York’s highest court ruled this past Tuesday that the Estate of Alice Lawrence must pay Manhattan law firm Graubard Miller $44 million in contingency fees as a result of a $111 million settlement reached five months after the dispute … Continue reading

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Legal Consumer Tip #8 – McElhaney on Litigation

We’ve blogged before about certain of Jim McElhaney’s articles for the ABA Journal and about self-help resources for legal consumers.  After reading many of the almost 100 articles Mr. McElhaney wrote, we believe that his “advice”  for lawyers also qualifies … Continue reading

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Attorney Tip #10 . . . Legal Consumer Tip # 7 – Better Brief Writing

Last week we posted a tip for attorneys about brief writing.  This week, we stumbled upon an article by Bryan Garner providing tips for “better” brief writing.  On October 1, 2014, Mr. Garner wrote an article for lawyers in the ABA Journal titled, … Continue reading

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Attorney Tip #9 – Brief Writing

In an ABA Journal article titled “Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways to Write a Really Bad Brief,” Jim McElhaney writes about the “ordinary sins [of bad brief writing] that even good lawyers commit everyday.”  According to Mr. McElhaney, they include: Make it … Continue reading

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Attorney Tip #7 – Be Empathetic

Most attorneys will feel empathy for their own when they read a story about a BigLaw partner getting sued for malpractice over a botched patent application.  But LPR challenges those attorneys to see the situation from the client’s perspective. Debra MacKinnon, … Continue reading

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If It Can Happen To Dan Rather . . . It Can Happen To You

In Chapter 10 of his memoir, Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News, famed news reporter Dan Rather discusses his 2007 breach of contract lawsuit against CBS for removing him from the CBS Evening News anchor chair.  Mr. Rather’s experience … Continue reading

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Time To Check Beneficiaries?

LPR does not write about the law, as we are not a law firm.  But the story of a man who reportedly intended for his retirement to be distributed to his four children after his death — which because of a … Continue reading

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“When Judges Err”

When judges realize their written opinion contains a mistake, should they publicly acknowledge the mistake and the correction?  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz answered that question in the affirmative in his recent essay for the … Continue reading

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What Legal Consumers Can Learn From Apple

A jury recently awarded Apple just shy of $120 million in its latest patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung.  In the first lawsuit, Apple was awarded $1.1 billion.  But as Jay Yarow of the Business Insider implies in his article, Samsung’s Lawyer Absolutely … Continue reading

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