Monthly Archives: March 2018

Texas Ethics Opinion 671 prohibits anonymous contact with unnamed internet defamer to obtain information for deposition

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent Texas Ethics Opinion 671 which states that lawyers, and their agents, may not anonymously contact an unnamed online alleged defamer in order to obtain jurisdictional or identifying information … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Justice files Statement in TIKD federal lawsuit arguing that Florida Bar is not immune from Sherman antitrust allegations

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will discuss the recent (March 12, 2018) Statement of Interest filed by the United States Department of Justice arguing that The Florida Bar is not immune or exempt from antitrust … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court adopts substantial revisions to Bar rules related to private lawyer referral services

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will discuss the recent (March 8, 2018) Florida Supreme Court opinion approving amendments to Florida Bar Rule 4-7.22 related to private and for profit lawyer referrals.  The amendments substantially revise … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Opinion 479 addresses when lawyers may use “generally known” information related to a former client

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss ABA Formal Opinion 479, which was published on December 15, 2017 and addresses when a lawyer may use information related to the representation of a former client which is … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Opinion 480 addresses lawyer/client confidentiality obligations related to lawyer blogs and other public commentary

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss ABA Formal Opinion 480, which was released on March 6, 2018 and addresses lawyer ethics and confidentiality obligations when engaging in blogging and other public commentary.  The ABA Formal … Continue reading

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New Jersey lawyer is reprimanded for telling Bar discipline official that he should “go f*** himself”

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent reprimand of a New Jersey lawyer who, inter alia, told a Bar official to GO F**K YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”.  The case is In the Matter of Michael Rychel, Docket … Continue reading

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