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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)


A personal injury client entered into an agreement under which any verdict or settlement proceeds would be used to cover medical bills, but the client later instructed the lawyer to give all of the settlement proceeds to the client (who kept them). The Bar indicated that the situation raised only a legal question, and did not implicate Canon 9, which deals only with preserving a client's funds (not a third party's funds). [This Opinion was overruled in LEO 1747].

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