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South Carolina Issues Opinion that Impacts Linked In, Plaxo, Avvo and related services

Source |2017-06-26T18:37:29+00:00Oct 26th, 2009|Categories: LegalEthics, Post|Tags: , |Comments Off on South Carolina Issues Opinion that Impacts Linked In, Plaxo, Avvo and related services

The South Carolina bar association addressed a hypothetical webside that listed attorneys without their involvement, and allows “clients” and others to “rate” the attorney.  The bar association held that a lawyer could claim his listing in this service, but that all comments made about him were subject to the advertising rules.  “[A]ll content in a claimed listing must conform to” the advertising rules, so held the opinion. It also basically says a laywer can’t solicit improper endorsements, and so on.

Frankly, this one baffles me.  I can understand why you can’t ask someone to say something about you that you can’t yourself say, because of Rule 8.4, but am I really under an obligation to make sure non-clients comply with the lawyer advertising rules?  Stay tuned, but in the meanwhile, you South Carolina lawyers better go read your various listings, I suppose including Face book!

It’s online here.  I’ll gladly email you a copy if you email hricik_d@law.mercer.edu