A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of July 8-14.


Lawyer is Reprimanded Over Penis Amputation Suit

Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal

A lawyer in Irondale, Alabama, has been reprimanded in connection with his 2014 lawsuit contending that his client’s penis was partly amputated when he went to the hospital for a routine circumcision.

Read more.



FBI Still Looking for Fugitive Attorney Who Orchestrated $600 Million Government Fraud

James Higdon | Washington Post

Conn, the fugitive attorney who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a scheme to defraud the federal government of $600 million, remains at large since he cut off his court-ordered GPS monitoring bracelet on June 2 and ditched it by a highway, and the FBI on Friday said he is likely still in the United States.

Read more.



Lawyer Indicted for Filing Lawsuits Without Clients’ Knowledge

Brownsville Herald

An attorney with offices in Edinburg and Arlington was indicted this week for filing lawsuits over damaged roofs against insurance companies without homeowner’s knowledge or consent, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.

Read more.



New Mexico Wrongful Conduct Rule Shuts Down Opioid Case Against Pharmacist

Stephen McConnell | Drug & Device Law Blog

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, but when it comes to law it is the Land of You Can’t Make this Up.  You might think it weird that New Mexico’s state constitution (Article VII, section 1) specifies that idiots aren’t allowed to vote, but maybe it’s the other 49 states that have it wrong. Then again, New Mexico did give us the McDonald’s hot coffee case, which ranks right up there with poor Mrs. Palsgraf’s conked noggin among significant injuries in the history of American tort law.

Read more.



Follow @NJCivilJustice on Twitter for even more news.