The Kelley Institute
Law of Lawyering
Supreme Court Review
Cases tagged as: conflicts of interest
Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA
130 S. Ct. 1605 (2010) (PDF)
The Court held that the "mistake of law" defense is not available to attorneys under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, notwithstanding the law firm's argument that this will create a conflict of interest between an attorney's personal financial interest and her ethical obligation of zealous advocacy for the client.
Maracich v. Spears
The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that lawyers violated drivers' privacy rights as designated by statute when they gathered personal information from state motor vehicle records to recruit prospective plaintiffs for lawsuits.