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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chinese Walls and Other Idiocy on Suits

This will be my final rant about the last few episodes of Suits this season. Hopefully they'll get it together and I can use them as a good example again next season.

Harvey has to figure out how to divide a tabloid tycoon's multi-million dollar estate between his two daughters who happen to hate each other. Jessica, the firm boss, places Louis, Harvey's arch-nemesis, in charge of one daughter and Harvey of the other. Louis and Harvey will be pitted against each other in dividing the assets.They say there will be a "Chinese Wall" and they won't share info with each other. Then they sneak around spying, backstabbing, lying and tricking each other in a game they play against each other to see who will "win."

Hello? The firm represents both clients. That means the firm has to act in both clients' best interests. It's obvious they cannot. If they can't, then they are disqualified from representing both clients. The courts and the Bars don't let the "Chinese Wall" concept fly.

This episode was a travesty. Sure, it was funny watching the guys with their antics, but it couldn't happen in real life, at least not ethically. The writers either needed to acknowledge that the lawyers were totally off track ethically and that they could be disbarred for it, or they needed to do something else. The writers should have had the firm get both of these clients represented by independent counsel. Then they could act on behalf of the estate.They could still show Harvey and Louis bickering about who should get what, but it would have been funnier watching them have to act as neutrals in front of the two lawyers representing the daughters and pretend they wanted a fair division.

The way it turned out, the daughter who "lost" should sue the pants off the firm. The failure to share vital information was malpractice.

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