Friday, April 11, 2008

Not Unjust And Not Enough

The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department imposed harsher reciprocal discipline in a case where the attorney had been suspended for 90 days in Michigan. The attorney had, among other things, accepted a settlement contrary to the client's direction, failed to notify the client of the receipt of the proceeds, and "knowingly changed and executed the release on behalf of his client, which altered and changed his client's legal or equitable remedies." The court rejected the contention that reciprocal discipline would be unjust and ordered a six-month suspension with reinstatement only after the attorney "make[s] the showing required by this Court's rules." (Mike Frisch)

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