The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended two attorneys who failed to fully disclose that they were behind the purchase of a home their client had foreclosed upon and put up for auction.
A Seattle firm with a nationwide reputation for handling food-borne illness cases will not be representing a child who allegedly became sick from E. coli after eating a salad at a Colorado restaurant.
That’s because the Colorado Supreme Court decided yesterday that defense counsel’s prior consultation with the firm created a conflict that could not be ignored.
A law firm could not avoid disqualification by screening a newly hired associate from a client matter in which she had a conflict of interest, the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.
The specter of disqualification can unexpectedly raise its ugly head whenever a lawyer switches firms.
One law firm just learned that it could not avoid disqualification in a long-running real property case – no matter what it did to screen a new hire from the litigation.
A lawyer’s alleged defamatory statements against his former client were protected on the ground of qualified privilege, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment.
Published: September 22, 2011
Tags: ABA, ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, American Bar Association, conflict of interest, cross-border practice, ethics, lawyer advertising, lawyer marketing, multijurisdictional practice, unauthorized practice of law
An American Bar Association ethics panel has proposed rule changes that would make it easier for lawyers to engage in cross-border practice, while making clear that one’s “virtual presence” in another jurisdiction may trigger a rule violation.
A lawyer could receive a 10 percent interest in a closed corporation as part of a compensation package for his services in starting up the business, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment.
A law firm could be disqualified in a breach of contract case because of a concurrent conflict between the client and its corporate affiliate, the 2nd Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment.
The defendant in a home remodeling dispute lacked standing to seek the disqualification of an attorney who jointly represented the plaintiffs in the case, the California Court of Appeal has ruled in reversing judgment.
When lawyers change firms, disclosure of basic client information for purposes of resolving conflicts of interest is ordinarily permissible, according to a new ethics opinion released by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.