Courts Adopt Revisions to the Statement of Client’s Rights and Responsibilities

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Jul 292013
 

Due to changes in technology and the 2009 adoption of Rules of Professional Conduct, legal authorities agreed that the Statement of Client’s Rights and Responsibilities needed to be revisited and updated to reflect those changes. Changes to the document were proposed by the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct and approved by the State Bar’s House of Delegates on June 2012. The revisions to the statement, which all New York lawyers are required to post in their offices, were put into effect in April 2013 by the New York’s four Appellate Divisions.

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The U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Attorney Fee Guidelines for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases

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Jul 022013
 

On June 11th 2013, the Justice Department officials announced that starting November 1st, new attorney fee guidelines for Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases will take effect. The new guidelines seek to reflect “the evolution in law-firm billing practices and technology that have [recently] occurred.” The main focus of these guidelines is to check whether lawyers, some of whom charge over $1,000 per hour, are taking advantage of companies going through financial crises to charge higher rates. “The cornerstone of the guidelines is a requirement that attorneys demonstrate they are not charging bankruptcy estates a premium above fees charged to clients outside bankruptcy,” said Clifford J. White III, the leader of the Justice Department office who monitors all bankruptcy cases for potential abuse. Continue reading »

Radio Shock Jockeys Shocked by Attorneys Fees

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Jul 012013
 

Two Florida radio shock jockeys, whose job it is to shock and astound listeners, were themselves stunned when they received a bill from their former attorney, which demanded an additional $1 million in legal fees on top of the $1 million that they had already paid to their attorney. DJ Todd “MJ” Schnitt and his wife lost a heated defamation suit again Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, who is also a shock jockey, a number of months ago. After the defamation suit, Schnitt and his wife fired their attorney, C. Philip Campbell of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. Schnitt stated that he and his wife had already paid over $1 million in legal fees to Campbell and refused to pay the additional $1 million that Campbell was seeking. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick attempted to acquire the remaining legal fees from Schnitt, and Schnitt subsequently filed a legal malpractice suit against the law firm, seeking the return of the money he had already paid in legal fees. Continue reading »