Lawyer Loses Appeal In Fee-Splitting Dispute

Law360, New York (August 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A California appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawyer's complaint that alleged another lawyer breached a fee-splitting contract for their collaboration on a class action.

The California Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's decision that the lawyers' contract was void because they failed to disclose it to the court.

Judge David T. McEachen, in the Superior Court of Orange County, had ruled that attorneys were required to fully disclose fee arrangements to protect class members from conflicts of interest.

The appeals court agreed,...
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