Monday, January 20, 2014

Adding Conflicts Allegations and Cost to Controversy

Another law firm conflict allegation tied to a high profile newsmaker: "Christie bridge scandal: Lawyers may have conflict of interest, Port Authority says" --
  • "The Port Authority is raising concerns that the law firm chosen to represent the Christie administration amid several investigations into the George Washington Bridge scandal has a conflict of interest. Officials at the bi-state agency plan to send a letter to the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP expressing the concerns, which stem from the firm's work on a separate but potentially related case, said a knowledgeable source."
  • "The firm is representing the Port Authority in a lawsuit lodged by the motorist group AAA over the agency's controversial toll hikes in 2011. Christie jointly steers the Port Authority. The interests of the Port Authority and the Christie administration in both the toll hike lawsuit and the George Washington Bridge probes could diverge, presenting potential complications if the same law firm is representing both simultaneously, some within the Port Authority believe."
  • "A spokeperson at the firm dismissed the concerns in a statement: 'There is no conflict of interest in our firm's separate representation of the Port Authority and the Governor's Office in these separate matters.'"
And for the muggles in our midst (h/t to Legal Ethics Forum) comes: "Lawyer fined for telling friend that client ‘Harry Potter’ author wrote new novel under pseudonym" -- 
  • "A British lawyer has been rebuked and fined £1,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for violating client confidentiality by revealing to his wife's best friend that the author of the best-selling "Harry Potter" children's book series had written a new novel under a pseudonym."

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