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2-Adversity to Former Clients

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

After both clients consented, a lawyer began representing a personal injury plaintiff and continued representing a hospital in an unrelated collection case against the plaintiff. The hospital was advised of the plaintiff's personal injury action at that time. When the personal injury plaintiff discharged the lawyer, the lawyer may not continue representing the hospital because the lawyer had learned of a possible source of payment (a personal injury judgment) through representation of the personal injury client. [The Bar did not acknowledge that the hospital was advised of the possible source of payment when the lawyer arranged consents.]

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