Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Revenge Is Like Cold Cuts"

An Ontario judge has ruled out the 'Soprano gambit' in family law.

Justice Ellen Macdonald decided against a Toronto woman who sought to have her husband's choice of counsel removed because she had a brief conservation with the lawyer months earlier, ruling that if such a minimal amount of contact were sufficient to declare a conflict, then a divorcing spouse could pre-emptively handicap their wife or husband simply by talking to the best lawyers in town.

In fact, the strategy was employed on the television show The Sopranos, when Tony Soprano wanted to restrict the choice of lawyers his wife might hire. The fictional mob boss, on the advice of his lawyer, called some of the most feared divorce attorneys in New Jersey in order to have them disqualified from acting for his wife.

Bada Bing.

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