January 2020 Archives

Malpractice case emerges from easement dispute

Some Florida residents might think that a lawyer and a potential client have to explicitly agree to establish representation for their relationship to be legally enforceable. However, a ruling by a California appellate court supports the idea that an implied-in-fact attorney-client relationship may be sufficient to hold a lawyer responsible for malpractice. In the case in question, a man hired a lawyer to prepare an easement for property. The easement then became an issue in litigation involving a development company's project, which was later cancelled as a result.

Law firms can fall victim to data breaches

Law firms should do everything they can to protect employee and client data. Unfortunately, both parties could suffer if the firm gets hit by a cyberattack. According to a recent report, more than 100 law firms across the country have reported cybersecurity threats to authorities since 2014. However, only a handful of states require law firms to report them.

Law firms have a responsibility for data security

Like other industries, many law firms in Florida have digitized their records. Digital records are faster, easier and often more comprehensive. However, when firms do not take good care of their data security, clients could be at risk of the exposure of highly personal information in case of a hack or a breach. Lawyers have significant ethical obligations to protect the confidentiality of their clients, and data breaches could pose a serious risk to clients' well-being. Not only may clients' embarrassing or personal information be revealed, but sensitive business documents about mergers, finances and other records could have a long-lasting financial impact on affected clients in case of a breach.

What do I need to know before suing a negligent attorney?

When you hire an attorney, you expect them to represent your case with fairness, honesty and integrity. But like any other profession, lawyers are also susceptible to mistakes. Whether their missteps were intentional or not, an attorney’s negligence can cost their clients time and money.

Law firm sued for $150 million over misfiled headphones patent

Florida residents who enjoy listening to music on headphones may be interested in a recent lawsuit that was filed against a law firm over a technology patent for a listening device. A consumer electronics company, Muzik Inc., has filed a lawsuit in New York against the law firm Perkins Coie for an alleged patent cover-up.

Dance teacher accuses former lawyer of malpractice

People in Florida often turn to a lawyer when they need help with matters that they cannot handle on their own. They rely on their attorneys for confidential advice and wise counsel in difficult situations. Unfortunately, however, some people do not get the assistance that they expect. One Irish dance teacher is suing a law firm and an individual lawyer that he hired to represent him to seek a U.S. visa. He claims that they failed to follow through with his visa application and then spread false rumors that he was a pedophile who abused his students.

Attorneys should be careful when communicating by text

It isn't uncommon for Florida attorneys to communicate with their clients by text message. However, it is important to ensure that there are protocols in place when doing so. This may help to protect the attorney-client privilege as well as ensure that a client is properly billed for the attorney's time.

Crypto fund alleges it was misled by lawyers

When Florida residents or companies hire a law firm, they may have thousands or millions of dollars at stake on the legal advice that they receive. In one case, a firm is facing claims of legal malpractice from a company that accuses it of providing erroneous and inaccurate legal services in reference to the company's plans to start and operate a cryptocurrency management fund. Digital Capital Management says that its fund is intended to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and ethereum as well as a broader group of blockchain systems, which use secure technology to track transactions.

Solar panel Ponzi scheme leads to legal malpractice dispute

The environmental and economic potential of solar power is enticing to many people in Florida and across the country. However, some unscrupulous companies may launch fraudulent solar projects to garner green investment funds while company founders allegedly run off with the proceeds. In one case, investors are suing major law firms for legal malpractice in the aftermath of what authorities described as a Ponzi-style scheme operating as a solar panel manufacturing company.

Law firm involved in malpractice suit for financial misconduct

A major law firm with Florida clients is facing a lawsuit for legal malpractice after one of its lawyers allegedly misappropriated funds from a client's company. The lawsuit against Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld claims that the firm managed finances for a domain name company, Future Media Architects (FMA). According to the suit, FMA's CEO was suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse problems at the time, leaving him to assign some of his own management duties to the law firm.

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