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22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

A lawyer may not represent a newspaper in a defamation action if one of its lawyers had pre-publication discussions with the plaintiff and attempted to dissuade the reporter from writing the article (because it was a "very close question" whether an attorney-client relationship arose between the lawyer and the plaintiff).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn