Circuit denies McGuireWoods fees in BAR/BRI case, citing 'egregious' ethics breach

, The National Law Journal


A federal appeals court, citing an "egregious" ethical violation, has denied attorney fees to McGuireWoods for its work in obtaining a $49 million settlement of antitrust claims against the publishers of the BAR/BRI bar review course.

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  • RD Legal Funding

    Attorneys have to be very careful when ever they are dealing with a class action case. The slightest infraction seems like its enough for some judges to throw out any fee they are entitled to. Attorneys have to walk a fine line and have to be very cautious in how they handle every step of the case. The defendants always make an issue out of the plaintiffs' representation and any reason they will surely exploit. It's a shame for all the hard work these guys put in they won't be able to get their fees.

  • Chilawyer

    Have no love lost for McGuire, Woods, but even less love for the BAR/BRI pirates, also captained by lawyers. Going from $8.5 million to ZERO for alot of hard work (no matter the rate) is pretty harsh. I guess equity doesn't abhor a forfeiture after all where the people being skinned to the bone are lawyers.

  • Ethicist

    "[N]ot generally recognized at the time" is a thin reed on which to hang an excuse for an ethics lapse. The best way to avoid falling over the edge is to not go anywhere near it.

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