HOT-POTATO RULE

HOT-POTATO RULE

hot-potato rule. The principle that a lawyer may not unreasonably withdraw from representing a client. ? The term comes from the rule’s classic formulation: ¡°a firm may not drop a client like a ¡®hot potato,¡¯ especially if it is in order to keep happy a far more lucrative client.¡± Picker Int’l, Inc. v. Varian Assocs., Inc., 670 F.Supp. 1363, 1365 (N.D. Ohio 1987).
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