California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 2001
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - August 2001
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News / News Briefs
MCLE deadline for Group 3 (last names N-Z) is Feb. 1
Judicial Council launches online self-help center
California lawyers honored for work for homeless, minorities and children
Coy about her future, Reno focuses on women's issues
No bias found against solos
Governor signs two-year fee bill
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Ethics update...
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
From the President - Bar targets unauthorized practice
Microsoft ruling: Foundation to settle
MJP is more than alphabet soup
Letters to the Editor
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Legal Tech - A look back at six years of technology news
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You Need to Know
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MCLE Self-Study
A word from our sponsors
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how
Recovering alcoholic may get to recover his license
Attorney Discipline
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Public Comment
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Ethics update...
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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 opinions.

Cases

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
Attorney can bring indemnity action against co-counsel when attorney is sued for malpractice based on the wrongdoing of retained co-counsel.

The State 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.