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Atty. Doblar represents Eva in a contract suit against Olga. He is also defending Marla in a substantially identical contract suit filed by Emma. In behalf of Eva, Atty. Doblar claims that the statute of limitations runs from the time of the breach of the contract. In the action against Marla, Atty. Doblar now argues the reverse position – i.e., that the statute of limitation does not run until one year after discovery of the breach.
Both cases are assigned to Judge Elrey. Although not the sole issue in the two cases, the statute of limitations issue is critical in both.
Is there an ethical/professional responsibility problem in this situation? If a problem exists, what are its implications or potential consequences? (8%)