Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The North Carolina State Bar has filed a disciplinary complaint charging an attorney with misconduct in the wake of his purchase of a law practice that operated under the trade name of Traffic Ticket Restitution of North Carolina ("TRRNC"). The accused was a member of a two-lawyer firm.
The complaint alleges that he entered into agreements with various attorneys throughout the state on a contract basis and solicited business that referred to the contract lawyers as "local member attorneys." The characterization is alleged to have been false and misleading. The complaint also alleges that the payment arrangement with the contract attorneys was a prohibited fee-splitting agreement.
A second count alleges that the attorney mishandled a traffic case that he had accepted for a $149.00 fee. (Mike Frisch)