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Case Conclusion Date: 09.01.2004
Practice Area: Ethics and professional responsibility
Outcome: Quantum Meruit upheld; fee forfeiture denied.
Description: Contingency attorneys did not obtain written client consent to fee sharing. Attorney with the money claimed the other attorney should not be able to maintain suit due to failure to comply with the Rule of Professional Conduct. Other attorney argued that he should get agreed upon share. As attorney for ADDC, Amicus Curiae, Mr. Fishkin argued that each attorney should get quantum meruit. Supreme Court ruled 7-0 for quantum meruit.