Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Lawyers And Dirty Laundry

In a lawsuit between former law partners, the firm's tax returns were placed in the public record. The remaining firm partners sought and obtained an order to have the returns treated as confidential. They then filed a separate suit based on the disclosure of the returns. The Indiana Court of Appeals held that the issues in the second suit were substantially similar to a contempt proceeding that is pending in the first action and affirmed the trial court's dismissal on that basis. The court chided the plaintiffs for including a lengthy but irrelevant history of the firm's breakup: "[a]n appellate brief is not a proper forum in which to air past grievances and dirty laundry." (Mike Frisch)

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