State Bar Offers Ethical Guidance on Third-Party Litigation Funding

On October 1st, the California State Bar issued Formal Opinion No. 2020-20, which addresses the ethical considerations for lawyers using third-party litigation funding in exchange for potential proceeds recovered in a lawsuit. “State Bar Offers Ethical Guidance on Third-Party Litigation Funding,” published in the Daily Journal on October 9, 2020, explores Formal Opinion No. 2020-20, the two distinct parts of the growing plaintiffs’ bar, and dives deeper into lawyers’ ethical responsibilities and duties. The article is authored by Jason Fellner and Murphy Pearson’s Ebony Koger.

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