6th Circ. DQs Firm In Bias Suit, Defines 'Substantially Related'

Law360, Los Angeles (October 25, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Friday determined that McMurry & Livingston PLLC should be disqualified from a suit in which an ophthalmologist contends she was unfairly kicked out of a partnership, because the firm had previously represented her in a “substantially related” matter.

The three-judge panel ruled in a split decision that McMurry & Livingston couldn’t represent Barbara Bowers’ ex-partners, finding that the firm had worked with Bowers on at least two other issues that would have made the lawyers privy to information that they could use...
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