Court disqualifies large law firm from asbestos insurance litigation

In a complex ruling, the 1st Appellate District ruled that Sheppard Mullen, a large national law firm, cannot represent an asbestos claimant committee due to earlier representation in a lawsuit between Kelly Moore (makers of Paco asbestos-containing drywall muds) and Union Carbide (a fiber mining and supply company).  This case represents a step away from recent court rulings liberalizing conflicts law and permitting the use of "chinese walls" to segregate lawyers working on different issues and from different offices. 

You can read the opinion for 60 days at:  http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A120912.PDF

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