In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

Law360 (September 13, 2018, 2:49 PM EDT) -- In Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc.,[1] the California Supreme Court found that Sheppard Mullin's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the law firm from recovering the value of the services it rendered to J-M Manufacturing.

In 2016, the California Court of Appeal had found that general advance and current conflict waivers signed by J-M Manufacturing and another current client of the firm did not effectively waive the firm's conflict of interest in connection with a lawsuit in which Shepard Mullin was defending J-M Manufacturing from a qui...

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