Calif. Appeals Court Bars Fees For Ex-Hoge Fenton Atty

Law360, New York (May 25, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court ruled Tuesday that a former Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel partner who went into business with a client had a conflict of interest so serious that he was not entitled to millions of dollars stemming from the legal services he provided.

Attorney R. Thomas Fair, who was also a real estate broker, formed three real estate companies with Karl E. Bakhtiari and acted as counsel, but without make the proper disclosures to his business partner. Even though entering into such a business...
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