Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 50010
Attorney Name Larason, John M.
DBP Docket No. 1 DB 2002
Supreme Court Docket No. No. 939 DD No. 3
County Bucks
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent Stuart Haimowitz
Decision Date 2004-08-19
Effective Date 2004-09-17
Case Digest Respondent represented a client in a bankruptcy action. The client was sued before a magistrate on a debt which accrued prior to the bankruptcy, but which was not scheduled in the bankruptcy. Respondent forwarded to the District Justice a copy of the discharge and what purported to be the bankruptcy schedule of discharged debts, but which substituted the name of the plaintiff for another creditor, falsely leading the DJ to believe that the plaintiff’s debt had been discharged. The Board rejected Respondent’s excuses for his conduct, which the Hearing Committee had erroneously accepted, and found serious Rule violations.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 3.3(a)(1). RPC 3.3(a)(4), RPC 3.4(b), RPC 8.4(c), and RPC 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Three month suspension
Points of Law An attorney who presents falsified documents to a court in order to mislead the court as to the validity of his client’s position in litigation will be disciplined.
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