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A husband and wife become enmeshed in an acrimonious divorce. Nothing new there. Add in the following shocking allegation, just raised by the wife: her husband’s lawyer aided the husband in installing malware on her computer, capturing emails between the wife and her lawyer and some draft pleadings. In a civil action for money damages, the wife alleges her husband’s lawyer knew or should have known of the malware attack, and benefitted by using the…
Every year, the New Jersey State Bar Association holds its Annual Meeting in Atlantic City. This year, for the first time ever, the Annual Meeting went virtual. Lawyers from CSG made history by participating in an ethics panel which drew the highest number of participants in the State Bar’s history. Ronald Israel, Esq., Member,  and I were on a panel presenting “The Art of Avoiding Conflicts.” Joining us were a Presiding Chancery Judge, the Hon.…
Be sure to check deadlines and read orders carefully, especially in today’s environment. While once in a while, a court will take pity on you, best not to rely on the mercy of the court. In Damms v. Damms, 2020 WL 1870410, the Appellate Division, “in a close call” saved defendant’s counsel who failed to attend a Rule 4:21A arbitration (because the arbitration was mis-diaried by his office), resulting in a five million dollar award…
On April 10, 2020, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (“PBA”) Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 2020-300, which outlines the ethical obligations for lawyers working remotely.  Lawyers must be particularly mindful of the ethical obligations identified in the Opinion in light of the shift to remote work necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although Opinion 2020-300 only applies to Pennsylvania attorneys, attorneys licensed in all jurisdictions should heed the guidance and best practices…