An appeals court in Brooklyn, N.Y., has rejected a “misplaced attempt” to prevent a divorce lawyer from recovering fees based on rules meant to protect litigants from attorney misconduct.

The ruling by a unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, cautioned that 22 NYCRR 1400, the rules and regulations governing attorneys in domestic relations matters, should not be abused by litigants seeking to avoid legal bills.

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