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Indiana ethics opinion finds that AVVO Advisor services may violate referral, fee splitting, and advertising rules

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss recent (April 2018) Indiana Ethics Opinion 1-18 which found that AVVO’s client referral services may violate Indiana Bar rules related to fee sharing with a non-lawyer, improper referral fees … Continue reading

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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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Nebraska ethics opinion finds lawyers can accept payment in digital virtual currency such as Bitcoin

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent Nebraska Ethics Opinion which found that lawyers may accept fees and payments in a digital virtual currency such as Bitcoin.  The ethics opinion is Nebraska Ethics Advisory … Continue reading

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New York Bar opinion states that lawyers must take reasonable steps to protect confidential information in a border search

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent New York City Bar Association ethics opinion which states that lawyers must take reasonable precautions to protect attorney/client confidential information if the lawyer is searched by U.S … Continue reading

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Miami-Dade Circuit Judge’s Facebook “friendship” with Florida lawyer and former judge leads to motion to disqualify and appeal

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent denial of a Motion to Disqualify a Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge who was “friends” with opposing counsel on Facebook as well as the pending appeal.  The case … Continue reading

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Can a lawyer forgive a client’s costs which were contingent on the outcome and the client’s responsibility under the fee agreement?

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss whether a lawyer can forgive a client’s costs client’s which were contingent on the outcome of the matter and the client’s responsibility under fee agreement.  Florida Bar Ethics Opinion … Continue reading

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