A late-night conversation between the owner of a karaoke bar and an attorney about prospective representation is not enough to disqualify the lawyer from representing a plaintiff in a suit against the owner, the state Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

The 4-3 ruling, in O Builders & Associates v. Yuna Corp., A-34-10, clarifies the standards that must be met when one party seeks to disqualify another party’s lawyer.

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