Open-Ended Retainers Don't Limit Firms: Calif. Court

Law360, New York (March 25, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT) -- Open-ended retainer agreements — which give attorneys and clients the option of working together on repeat occasions — do not necessarily create a current attorney-client relationship, a California appeals court said Tuesday in a representation dispute involving the city of Newport Beach.

In its decision, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, rejected Newport Beach's bid to disqualify Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP from representing a nonprofit in a suit against the city after finding that a 2005 retainer agreement was...
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