3rd Circuit Decides Landmark Case Involving Ethics and Technology

3rd Circuit Decides Landmark Case Involving Ethics and Technology


A landmark case involving ethics and technology has reached its conclusion with an opinion from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that an attorney cannot blindly rely on information provided by an automated system, especially when the accuracy of that information has been called into question. In re Taylor, 655 F.3d 274 (3rd Cir. 2011) [an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law]. I have previously written about the bankruptcy court decision here and the district court opinion here. The Court of Appeals set the tone for the opinion with its opening statement:

This case is an unfortunate example of the ways in which overreliance on computerized processes in a high-volume practice, as well as a failure on the part of clients and lawyers alike to take responsibility for accurate knowledge of a case, can lead to attorney misconduct before a court.

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