/ February 28, 2014

Episode 22: Should Lawyers Stop Buying Competitors’ AdWords?

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I’m joined today by Fastcase CEO Ed Walters! Consider rewarding my chutzpah re: getting you a guest by subscribing to the podcast and rating us five stars on iTunes!

1. I meant to talk about this yesterday but got sidetracked with the awesome New York mimosa story. A lawyer in North Carolina was centured this week for buying Google AdWords corresponding to his competitors’ names. The NCSB Ethics Committee had issued an ethics opinion stating:

[A]n attorney’s purchase or use of another attorney’s name in an Internet search engine’s keyword-advertising program is dishonest and therefore violates Rule 8.4(c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The language of NC’s Rule 8.4(c) tracks the Model Rules, which many states follow, so this is potentially an issue of serious import.

2. If you happen to be a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, or myriad other people dealing with the judges of Bexar County, Texas, you may have received a letter from the FBI the other day letting you know that your phones and texts were tapped and monitored. The entire operation is reportedly the result of an investigation into judicial corruption charges.

3. So that outburst during the Supreme Court session we reported on yesterday? Apparently a video of it was surreptitiously recorded by other members of the activist group 99 Rise. Above the Law links to the video as well as an interview (by my buddy Mike Sacks over at HuffPo) with Kai Newkirk, who it’s pretty clear was selected for his affability. Someone’s got a media coach.

4. Friend of Fastcase Aaron Kirschenfeld directs us to this wonderful opinion from the California appellate courts holding that, despite a state statute making it illegal to use a phone while driving, drivers can now legally check GPS maps on their phone. Props to Steven Spriggs, the gentleman who took this issue up to the intermediate appellate courts for a $165 ticket.

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