An attorney who conveys an alleged agreement to cover the legal costs of another lawyer’s client can be held liable for unpaid fees, a unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, 1st Department, ruled Tuesday.

The decision allows the firm of DePetris & Bachrach to pursue claims against the Shiboleth law firm and one of its lawyers, Charles B. Manuel, that they had promised that their clients would make good on DePetris & Bachrach’s fees.

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