November 18, 2014

ABA Takes Restrictive Approach to Use of Law Firm

ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Formal Opinion 469
Calon N. Russell
The American Bar Association (ABA) has concluded that a prosecutor who allows a debt collection company to use the prosecutor's letterhead to demand payment from borrowers violates Model Rules 8.4(c) and 5.5(a) if the prosecutor has not reviewed the underlying facts or the contents of the letter. The opinion suggests that the same conclusion would also apply to lawyers other than prosecutors.

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