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If we’re lucky, the world may never again see the like of the North American legal weasel, Snow, Nuffer, Engstrom & Drake variety. That is the Utah law firm that went to an execution sale and bought up a malpractice cause of action against itself. We repeat: The law firm showed up at a sale of a former client’s assets and bought the right to sue itself for malpractice. A Utah judge ruled that there was something not quite right about the whole idea this week, something to do with attorney-client relationships and trust and like that.

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