Monday, June 18, 2012

Recently-Alleged Conflicts & Disqualification Attempts


"Harris County officials raise question of conflict for county law firm Bracewell & Giuliani" --
  • "Two Harris County officials have questioned whether a conflict of interest exists in the case of a Houston-based international law firm that represents the county in some areas while simultaneously representing a company the county is suing in another."
  • "'There is an issue about (Bracewell & Giuliani) representing us and being against us at the same time...They can’t be on both sides.'"
  • "Oxford [firm Chairman] also said Bracewell & Giuliani had obtained waivers from 'all the commissioners' as permission to represent Waste Management in the case while also representing the county in other matters. But O'Rourke said that 'the county did not grant a waiver and will not grant a waiver of any type.'"
"Law Firm May Represent Itself In Suit For Unpaid Fees"
  • "The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department affirmed the denial a former client's motion to dismiss to suit for legal fees, other than a claim of fraudulent inducement. The court also affirmed the denial of a motion to disqualify the plaintiff law firm from representing itself in the litigation."
"Cassels Brock Wins Rare Cost Award Against Law Firm"
  • "Cassels Brock recently won a complicated motion to remove opposing counsel for conflict of interest in a wrongful dismissal matter. In doing so, Cassels Brock obtained an extremely rare cost award against the plaintiff’s law firm on a substantial indemnity basis. John McGowan and Anne-Marie Naccarato represented the defendant with the assistance of articling student Stephen Hutchison."

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