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Rhode Island's superior court is giving the state a tiny little reprieve before potentially letting it get some really bad news.

You see, the state's senior legal counsel for the Health and Human Services department missed the deadline for appealing, as well as requesting a stay pending appeal, in a case it just lost. However, after he recently resigned, the department still appealed and asked for the stay anyway (after all, there's over $20 million on the line here). And while the appeal is still pending before the state's supreme court, the stay was granted by the lower court in order to maintain the status quo until the appeal is resolved.

Sending Thank-You Checks to Expert Witnesses Gets Attorney in Trouble

Mark Lanier, a high-profile Houston lawyer, didn't complain too much when an appeals court reversed his $151 million win.

But he didn't like that the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said he was "unequivocally deceptive" at trial. The appeals court said he misled jurors by saying his expert witnesses were unpaid and that the opposing experts gave "bought testimony."

The problem, the appeals court said, was that Lanier paid his experts after the trial. Assessing the aftermath of the reversal of fortune, Lanier said he won't appeal and looks forward to the re-trial.

Given the controversy surrounding President Trump, the Mueller probe, Stormy Daniels, an unsigned settlement agreement, $130,000, and Michael Cohen, the recent FBI raid on Cohen's office seemed inevitable, or at least like one of the major plot turns in some low budget comedic mystery film that just keeps getting more and more unbelievable.

As reports explain, the raid occurred Monday morning at Cohen's offices and his hotel room. Business records, as well as emails and other documents were seized. And while many attorneys have suspected something like this was in the works, the invasion of the attorney-client privilege, even when it's related to the crime-fraud exception, just never sits well.

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Offered Free Legal Aid

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, no lawyers emerged as heroes.

It rarely happens when disasters strike anyway because most often attorneys arrive later to make a case. But there is no bleeding in the courtroom.

Sometimes, however, lawyers can help victims when their wounds are still fresh. It's time now, because many people need a hero in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

Should Lawyers Be Able to Sue Their Firm Anonymously?

In a $50 million sex discrimination lawsuit by a BigLaw partner against her firm, the judge is allowing the plaintiff to proceed as "Jane Doe."

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson granted the partner's motion to litigate anonymously, although the defendant law firm already knows her name. Even the press has outed her as the mostly likely one of two women partners at the Washington D.C. office of Proskauer Rose.

The case presents many questions about BigLaw life, particularly as similar gender discrimination lawsuits are pending against other large firms. But this is the first of them to present the question whether litigants should be able to proceed anonymously in such circumstances.

When it comes to line spacing, Judge Victor Marrero does not play around. The SDNY judge fined the boutique litigation firm of Susman Godfrey $1,048.09 last week for breaking with his court's line space rule.

The firm's crime? Using 24-point spacing, instead of the court's required double spacing.

The EPA and the National Endowment for the Arts aren't the only government programs facing massive cuts under President Trump's proposed budget. In the proposal released last Thursday, the President urged Congress to fully eliminate funding to the Legal Services Corporation.

Under the proposal, the nation's largest funder of legal aid wouldn't receive a single federal cent -- a move that has plenty in the legal community fuming.

A lawyer who made material misrepresentations in a lawsuit may be sued under New York's 'attorney deceit' statute, even if there was only a single act of misrepresentation.

The suit, brought by Canon, the camera and photocopier company, involves accusations that a New York attorney and his firm colluded with their clients during a dispute over a Canon dealership. Canon claims that the attorney knowingly filed false papers with the court during litigation over the dealer agreement, Bloomberg reports, in a story that comes to our attention by way of the ABA Journal.

Just in time for International Women's Day comes another suit alleging gender discrimination in the legal industry.

Two lawyers at Chadbourne & Parke filed a class action lawsuit against their firm, alleging that Chadbourne discriminates against female partners in its compensation system. And while the suit isn't new, having been filed last summer, a recent memorandum of law in support of class certification gives the suit's claims more force. In 2013, male partners at Chadbourne earned 40 percent more than their female counterparts, according to the filing.

Litigation Boutiques Continue Spinning Out of BigLaw

When a piece of an iceberg breaks off, it's doesn't mean sea levels will rise around the world. But if a polar cap starts to fracture, scientists will certainly take measurements.

Sedgwick LLP, which has lost 40 lawyers in the past two weeks, is somewhere in between. It started with two groups of partners splitting off and then another 25 attorneys breaking away.

It marks the most recent -- and maybe the biggest -- fracture at the firm, which lost more than 10 percent of its lawyers each year in recent years. With 343 attorneys in 2014, the firm now says it has 250 lawyers worldwide. Many of the departing lawyers are following an established trend for former BigLaw lawyers: starting litigation boutique firms.