Connecticut Bar Association, Informal Opinion 2011-4

 Professional Ethics Committee

Topic: Hiring Private Investigator to “Friend” Opposing Party on Social Networking Sites

From the Opinion:

“In conclusion, in the Committee’s opinion, under the facts presented, a lawyer may not hire an investigator to “friend” an adverse party in litigation. to develop evidence to be used against that party”.

Relevant Law: Connecticut Rule of Professional Conduct 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3 and 8.4

Referenced Ethics Opinion: N.Y. State Bar Ass’n, Advisory Op. 843 (2010)

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