Free Speech Law Can't Protect Atty From Client Suit

Law360, New York (May 16, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT) -- Fresno-based attorney Howard Sagaser can't use a state statute protecting free speech to escape a breach of loyalty lawsuit brought by former clients who accused him of using confidential information about a real estate deal to induce a lawsuit against the clients and his former firm, a California appeals court affirmed. 

In an opinion certified for publication Wednesday, California's fifth appellate division agreed that Sagaser's use of his former clients' files — which he allegedly accessed after an "acrimonious" resignation from his firm — was the...
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