Todays’ classic case asks the question: how close an attorney-client relationship is too close an attorney-client relationship?
In London v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (11th Cir. 2003), the plaintiff, Roger London, sued Wal-Mart and a group of banks, alleging that they had sold insurance without providing the proper disclosures, violating the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Florida state law.
During discovery, it came out that London’s lawyer, Robert Ader, had been his close friend since high school. In fact, for a while, London had served as his counsel’s stockbroker as well. So there had … Continue Reading