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Old 05-27-2019, 06:22 PM
Steve McQwark is offline
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 369
Originally Posted by Czarcasm View Post
Wouldn't a large firm dedicated to making money be tempted to favor the larger party?
I think the idea is something like, if Bill is representing A Co. in a patent lawsuit against B Ltd. and then B Ltd. tries to hire Susan to represent them in a wrongful termination suit, it might be possible to do that without violating any ethics rules. Bill and Susan might work in different offices and not even know each other. Or maybe they know each other but Bill does patent law and Susan does labor law and they have no knowledge of each other's cases. So, I think the idea is to make as much money as possible from both the larger party and the smaller party without violating any ethics rules. But, I'll be honest, it's been 10 or 15 years since my wife told me this and I may have misunderstood how it works. Or, as UltraVires pointed out, it's a state-by-state thing and maybe I've understood it correctly for Texas, but it works differently in whatever state the "list" exists in.