2016 (Legal Ethics) Bar Exam Questions: Question 19

[Answer/discuss the question below, or see 2016 bar exam Legal Ethics Instructions; 2016 Legal and Judicial Ethics questions: 12345678910111213141516171819 and 20; See also 2016 Bar Exam: Information, Discussions, Tips, Questions and Results]


St. Ivan’s Hospital, Inc. (St. Ivan’s) and Allied Construction Co. (Allied) separately retained the legal services of Tomas and Benedicto Law Offices. St. Ivan’s engaged the services of Allied for the construction of a new building but failed to pay the contract price after the completion ofthe works. A complaint for sum of money was filed by Atty. Budoy, a former associate of Tomas and Benedicto Law Offices, on behalf of Allied against St. Ivan’s. St. Ivan’s lost the case and was held liable to Allied.

Thereafter, St. Ivan’s filed a disbarment complaint against Atty. Budoy. It claimed that while Atty. Budoy has established his own law office, an arrangement was made whereby Tomas and Benedicto Law Offices assign cases for him to handle, and that it can be assumed that Tomas and Benedicto Law Offices collaborate with Atty. Budoy in the cases referred to him, creating a conflict of interest. Rule on the complaint with reasons. (5%).

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