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Mar/05

Misleading Law Firm Names


The State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct has issued an Advisory Opinion on Misleading Law Firm Names.

In one hypo, the Committee advises that the name WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RELIEF CENTER may be misleading because it may suggests that it is either affiliated with the government or that it may be a public or non-profit legal services entity.  Prominent express disclaimers would be required.

So, for example, FEDERAL IP RIGHTS CENTER, LLC, might be problematic in California, absent prominent express disclaimers that it was a private for-profit law firm.

 

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