Lawyer Can't Sue Client's Colleague Who Claimed He Was Overcharging

, New Jersey Law Journal


Ever had a client's friend or business associate badmouth you about the fees you're charging? It may hurt, professionally as well as financially, but it's not actionable, a New Jersey appeals court says.

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  • Dino Jobe

    This is a devastating loss for the attorney. To add insult to injury, his (former) client base, the "Iranian community," may now perceive Mr. Sarmasti as incompetent for bringing this fatally flawed lawsuit in addition to believing the orginal, allegedly defamatory rumor that he overcharges for his services. Ethnic groups can be notoriously closed, so any firm servicing this same community may be reluctant to hire him as well. Darrell Royal, former football coach at the University of Texas, famously said of the forward pass that only three things can happen, and two are bad. Perhaps the same can be said of suing your client (or his friend).

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