These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

A client's settlement with an insurance company required the client to reimburse the company should the client receive additional amounts in later settlements. When the client settled with another insurance company, the client prohibited the lawyer from disclosing the settlement to the company. Because the client has "perpetrated a fraud" upon the insurance company, the lawyer was free to reveal the fraud.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn