Legal Filings Archives

Special Master Report on Opinion 39 Is Welcome Addition

Retired New Jersey Appellate Division JudgeRobert Fall has released his long-awaited reporton Opinion 39, the 2006 ruling by the Committee on Attorney Advertising thatprohibited attorney participation in listings such as Super Lawyers. Judge Fall's report, produced at the requestof the New Jersey Supreme Court and fifteen months in the making, contains muchthat was worth waiting for:

Martindale-Hubbell Sees Threat in Opinion 39

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell has submitted a motion to intervene in the New Jersey Supreme Court proceedings relating to Opinion 39 that restricts attorney advertising. Their brief is attached here.  Martindale Hubbell's brief is aimed at correcting alleged errors on how its Peer Review Ratings system has been characterized in briefs by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Moreover, Martindale Hubbell seeks to participate in oral arguments or other hearings required by the New Jersey Supreme Court and have input into rule-making that may result from the court's review of Opinion 39.

New York Revised Rules A Victory for Consumers

Good news for consumers and lawyers named in New York Super Lawyers magazine. It appears New York will not be following New Jersey's lead in prohibiting lawyers from mentioning the Super Lawyers designation in their advertising.  The revised NY rules, released today, incorporate language we recommended in the comments to the proposed rules we submitted last August.