Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Risk News: Conflicts and Screening Updates


Via Bill Frievogel -- FP Genetic Inc. v. Lizee, 2012 SKQB 453 (CanLII) (Q.B. Sask. Nov. 2, 2012) --
  • "While at the defendants' law firm, Lawyer worked on this case.  Lawyer moved to the plaintiff's firm, and that firm set up a screen.  The defendants moved to disqualify the plaintiff's firm.  In this opinion, relying upon the plaintiff's firm's compliance with the screening provisions of the Saskatchewan Rules, denied the motion."
In-laws -- An interesting view of the role conflicts play in shaping law firm mergers and international expansion --
  • "There may be perfectly sensible reasons for Britain’s Norton Rose and U.S.-based Fulbright & Jaworski to join forces and for SNR Denton, headquartered in London and Washington, to seek a three-way tie up with French and Canadian peers. Cross-border deals can help lawyers serve companies increasingly going global. But culture, pay and client conflicts are tough to manage. The danger is sacrificing quality for scale."
  • "It’s not surprising, then, that some of the most successful law firms resist expansion. New York-based Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, for instance, has only 50 of 620 lawyers working outside the United States."

Cuts for Detroit to balance losses -- City mayor faces call to change firms:
  • "The next 30 or so days likely will show just how dire Detroit's fiscal plight is as Mayor Dave Bing's office pores over plans to make up millions of dollars in bond money the city failed to get from the state."
  • "Some on the council consider it a conflict of interest because Miller Canfield wrote milestone agreements in Bing's reform program."
  • "'If (Miller Canfield) were representing the state and the interests of the state does not conform to the interests of the city that has to be worked through.' Bernstein said all sides may need to reach some kind of accord as to the role Miller Canfield would play in advising Bing."
  • "But Council President Charles Pugh would prefer Bing select a different law firm."

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