January 11, 2018 Top Story

Court Disqualifies Lawyers Found to be Necessary Witnesses

Trial counsel were necessary witnesses to determine contract existence

By Christina M. Jordan

A state decision addressed whether the rules of professional conduct permit small firm attorneys to appear as trial counsel when they are necessary trial witnesses in disputes over their fees.

Opinion reveals movement to loosen ethics rules regarding businesses

Opinion reveals movement to loosen ethics rules regarding businesses

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The Court of Appeals of North Carolina opinion in Harris & Hilton, P.A. v. Rassette reveals a movement to loosen the rules of professional conduct to allow businesses to represent themselves in court.

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