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LEGAL PROFESSION under the unity-of-interest test, a California federal court disqualified a law firm from representing a plaintiff insurer in a dispute where the law firm previously represented and currently represents a subsidiary of the defendant insurer. The parent and subsidiary are not separate entities due to the relatively direct financial relationship and the common management of the two companies, in particular if, as in this case, the parent controlled and supervised the legal affairs of the subsidiary. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London v. Argonaut Ins. Co., No. C-03-1100 (N.D. Calif. April 21). FOR PLAINTIFF: Kathryn C. Ashton, Max H. Stern, Peter J. Whalen and W. Andrew Miller, Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, San Francisco FOR DEFENSE: H. Wesley Sunu, Kevin A. Titus and Mitchell A. Orpett, Tribler Orpett & Crone, Chicago; Renee C. Callantine and Susan M. Popik, Chapman Popik & White, San Francisco JUDGE: Edward M. Chen

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