OTHERWISE: Tobacco Research Center replies to ALI on industry influence.
The Center for Tobacco Control, Research and Education at UCSF has sharply criticized the ALI for its response to the Center’s criticism of the Institute’s conflict of interest policies. The Center demonstrated that tobacco industry lawyers privately lobbied the Reporter William Prosser who responded by exempting “good tobacco” from the strict liability rules of the second Restatement of Torts. The Product Liability Restatement was drafted by law professors who had been paid consultants of tobacco companies.
The Center urges the ALI to adopt as a model the conflict of interest policies employed by the National Academies of Science. See the post above for key documents and commentary. – GWC
We have over 500 registered to attend ReInvent Law Silicon Valley on March 8 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. More than 30 speakers will give high energy talks on all things related to law, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. For those who can’t join us, we will be posting the talks on our ReInvent Law Channel (www.ReInventLaw.com). Many of the talks will address lawyer ethics and regulation. Once all of the talks are up on our channel, I’ll post an index for our casebook adopters with recommended clips to use in teaching.
The Court recently held in Gunn v. Minton that state courts have jurisdiction over legal malpractice cases even if they involve patent law. Decision here. Commentary from Legal Ethics Forum here and PatentlyO here.
Check out this new ABA opinion on point.
Here’s the SCOTUS Blog recap.
Here are two recent conflicts decisions from the Bloomberg BNA ABA Lawyers’ Professional Conduct update:
New York City Bar on Beauty Contests
Colorado Supreme Court on Consulting Lawyer in Opposing Firm
I am attaching Laurel Terry’s memo that analyzes the February 2013 Model Rules Amendments and updates the Casebook. BLOG_ENTRY_RE_2013_ABA_CHANGES