MSU College of Law

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.

Related tag(s): 2009 Term, attorney-client relationship, conflicts of interest,

Maracich v. Spears

No. 12-25, 2013 BL 158315, 2013 ILRC 2069 (U.S. June 17, 2013) (PDF)

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.

Related tag(s): 2012 Term, attorney-client relationship, conflicts of interest, solicitation, unprofessional conduct,