Representing the client on a contingent agreement, attorney avoided to respond to the new discovery sets propounded upon. Keeping the client uninformed until mailing the client the case file!
The defendants contacted the client directly, and represented the attorney in court hearing all which paved the ground for them to seize the opportunity to file "motion for sanction" and "deem admitted". Not able to undo the damages done to the case it settled for insignificant amount by a new lawyer.
While agreeing in several emails to waive fees, the former attorney now using fees to pressure and to coerce the client into signing a release and to waive any rights.
Has such attorney violated ethics rules or rules of professional conducts? If in violation can such attorney still be entitled to fees?More information can be found at the following link: http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/can-the-release-distribution-of-a-settlement-fund--1423876.html