American Bar Association, février 2008 - Un article de la newsletter eSource de l'ABA de février 2008 (Vol. 6, n°6) fait le point sur les règles éthiques qui pèsent sur le juriste commun de deux personnes dans le cadre d'une transaction qui implique ces deux partenaires.
Résumé : A wants to sell his business to B. A and B happen to have the same lawyer (“Lawyer”). They ask Lawyer to handle both sides of the sale because they trust Lawyer and they want to save legal fees. May Lawyer proceed ? ABA Model Rule 1.7, the principal conflict of interest rule, does not address this in specific terms but suggests that if Lawyer believes she can do a good job for both parties and gets a waiver from both parties, Lawyer can proceed. Comments 26-33 to Rule 1.7 attempt to be more specific about multiple representations, but do not help much. The Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, in its Opinion 2001-2 (April 2001), discusses the issue in considerably more detail, but it concludes that whether the lawyer can proceed depends on the circumstances.
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