A Manhattan judge has ruled that a lawyer’s faxed advisories about legal malpractice issues and cases are prohibited “unsolicited advertisements” because they indirectly highlight his availability to represent clients in such matters.

Until last year, Manhattan solo practitioner Andrew Lavoott Bluestone wrote an “Attorney Malpractice Report” that he sent unsolicited to several lawyers whose fax numbers were listed in the New York Lawyers’ Diary and Manual.