This monthly feature highlights recent
authorities in the area of professional responsibility.
Coverage targets published new case law and advisory ethics
opinions and recently promulgated rules and statutes. Also covered is
pending legislation, proposed rule amendments and proposed ethics
American Equity Ins. Co. v. Beck (June 26,
2001) 2001 WL 172058, 01 DAR 6579, 01 CDOS 5395
Co-counsel representing a client were not in a fiduciary relationship
with each other, owed each other no fiduciary duty and could not sue
each other for breach of fiduciary duty on the basis of one
attorney's alleged wrongdoing.
Musser v. Provencher (July 20, 2001) 2001
WL 767833, 01CDOS 5821
Bar's Office of Professional Competence has created a new website
offering resources to help attorneys resolve ethical issues. It
includes opinions, a wide variety of rules and ethics publications as
well as links to related sites. The address is www.calbar.org/ethics.html.
Attorney can bring indemnity action against co-counsel when attorney
is sued for malpractice based on the wrongdoing of retained