Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More (Potentially Quite Costly) Conflicts (Allegations)

"Squire may be forced off major case after conflict check error in Patton Boggs merger" --
  • "A multimillion dollar legal battle between the sugar and corn syrup industries is turning out to be anything but sweet for Squire Patton Boggs. This week, a California judge is slated to consider whether Squire, the law firm that has represented the sugar industry since it filed the lawsuit in 2011, should be thrown off the case because of two client conflicts stemming from Squire’s June acquisition of Patton Boggs — the Washington lobbying powerhouse that turned out to be representing the very companies Squire is suing in the case."
  • "For nearly two months, between June 1 and July 31, Squire was inadvertently representing both the plaintiffs and the defendants in the lawsuit. Squire’s attorneys say it was 'an innocent error in a conflict check.'"
  • "If the judge rules to disqualify Squire, the firm would be forced to give up a major chunk of business — a client that has paid the firm more than $12 million for this case alone — as a result of the Patton Boggs merger. Squire attorneys and paralegals have collectively spent more than 20,000 hours working on the case."
  • "In court papers, Squire conceded that the firm made mistakes in the conflict check process for the merger, during which they used computers to run checks on more than 15,000 clients to screen for conflicts."
"Ballard Spahr denies conflict of interest in Pat Turner's Westport case" --
  • "Law firm Ballard Spahr LLP has filed documents sharply disputing accusations made by developer Patrick Turner that the firm had a conflict of interest in representing Turner's opponent in his Westport Waterfront bankruptcy case."
  • "The documents, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, question the timing of the claim made by Turner and argue that Turner is engaging in a "desperate tactic" because he is unable to defend himself from losing the 42-acre property to foreclosure. Ballard Spahr attorney Timothy McCormack also appears to be building a case that Turner's attorneys filed the motion in bad faith, which Judge Robert A. Gordon said Friday would result in sanctions from the court."
  • "In an email noting Turner's attorneys' failure to respond to Ballard Spahr questions over the facts behind the case, McCormack warns Turner attorney Stuart Levine about the consequences for making court filings in bad faith."
  • "Gordon has scheduled a hearing on Turner's filings for November 21."

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