Laws are laws, and the "state of patent law," or the state of any law, does not change by the actions of individuals who violate the law, or interpret the law to their own benefit. For example, is an increase in the number of premeditated murders a commentary on the "state of homicide laws"? It seems to me that the commentary is more on the enforcement of those laws, or the competence of law enforcement officials.
Also, without reading the articles, it seems to me that if a patent attorney has gained knowledge from a client that permits the patent attorney (or patent agent) to file and obtain a patent, then 37 C.F.R. 110 Canon 9, would be applicable: A practitioner should avoid even the appearance of professional impropriety. Beyond that, 37 C.F.R. 10.21, 10.57, 10.61, 10.65, 10.66, 10.76, 10.83, 10.84, 10.87 and 10.89 might be applicable, depending on the circumstances. Should any or all of these be applicable in a particular circumstance, a client (and potentially others) could file a complaint with the Director of the USPTO.
As with any profession, there will always be the equivalent of ambulance chasers, or those who appear to be ambulance chasers. They should hope they do well in their endeavors, because word gets around.