The New York County Lawyers Association Committee on Professional Ethics released Formal Opinion 746 on October 7, in which the Committee considered whether New York lawyers can ethically collect bounties for submitting confidential information about their clients under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the Formal Opinion, New York lawyers may not disclose confidential information relating to current or previous clients except to the extent permissible under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
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