The Ethics of Confidentiality Agreements
Secrecy agreements at the end of a civil lawsuit are commonplace. But as leading attorney Patrick Malone explains, they are usually unethical, almost always bad for the plaintiff, and bad for the plaintiff attorney’s practice. The Rules of Professional Conduct give plaintiffs’ lawyers the weapons to fight back against defendants who insist on overbroad confidentiality agreements.
Introducing a new live continuing legal education webinar regarding social media ethics, with John Patzakis of X-1 Discovery on December 5, 2012.
Have you heard about the lawyer who was sanctioned $542,000 for instructing his client to “clean up” his Facebook page? What other ethical traps await lawyers in this new era of social networking and electronic communications?
Social media evidence is relevant to just about any type of civil and criminal case and must be routinely addressed in discovery.