Thursday, September 19, 2013

Disqualification Discussions Making News

A few interesting disqualification-related stories in the news:

Judge expands independent review involving BP claims, threatens to disqualify lawyers --
  • "The federal judge overseeing a multi-billion-dollar BP claims settlement program has ordered former senior claims program attorneys and law firms they were connected with to explain why one law firm's $7.9 million claim shouldn't be disallowed."
  • "U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also wants to know why the attorneys and associated law firms shouldn't be disqualified from representing claimants and collecting fees from those claimants."
  • "The order, issued Friday, followed Barbier's receipt of a report from former FBI Director Louis Freeh that said former senior claims office attorney Lionel Sutton expedited a claim on behalf of attorneys Glen Lerner and John Andry for their law firm. Sutton's wife, Christine Reitano, who also was a lawyer for the claims program, also is targeted by the order."
Move afoot to remove former Hawaii PUC Chairman Caliboso's law firm from Lanai wind farm case --
  • "Just two weeks after former Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Chairman and Honolulu attorney Carlito Caliboso recused himself from working on Castle & Cooke Inc.'s proposed 200-megawatt Lanai wind farm project, there’s now an effort to remove his entire law firm from the case, according to a filing with the PUC."
  • "Castle & Cooke said that both Caliboso and his firm are in compliance with “Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct” because the current case involves a new matter that is separate and distinct from other dockets in which Caliboso took part in when he was the chairman of the PUC."

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