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77-Communicating with an Individual Adversary

A lawyer who does not believe that an adversary has communicated a settlement offer to the opposing party may not directly contact the other party, but may advise the lawyer's own client that: (1) the lawyer doubts the settlement has been communicated; and (2) the client is free to contact the other party directly. Unlike the Code, Model Rule 4.2 does not prohibit a lawyer from "causing another to communicate" with an opposing party.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn