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May 7, 2018

Georgetown Law Professor Says Lanier’s Payment Deception a “Very Serious Violation”

A Georgetown University Law Center professor said plaintiffs’ lawyer Mark Lanier committed a “very serious violation” of legal ethics when he misleadingly told a jury his expert witnesses were unpaid, Law360 reports.
 
Prof. Michael Frisch said telling a jury that experts were unpaid only to later cut them checks is a “violation of the duty of candor, misleading the jury and the judge by setting up a false premise.” He went on to say that given the gravity of the situation, “the bar would take it seriously” since “it’s not in some ethics gray area.” 
 
The judge overseeing the case called it “unequivocally deceptive.”

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