Barnes, Crosby, Fitzerald & Zeman, LLP v. Ringler


(California Court of Appeal) – In a law firm’s suit to enforce a fee-splitting agreement against another law firm, arising from an underlying class action, trial court’s judgment in favor of the defendant-law firm is reversed where an attorney may be equitably estopped from claiming that a fee-sharing contract is unenforceable due to noncompliance with rule 2-200 or rule 3.769, where that attorney is responsible for such noncompliance and has unfairly prevent another lawyer from complying with the rules’ mandates.