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A recent federal court decision sent a message to law firms: Lying in advertisements about your firm may be wrong, but it won’t necessarily carry a price tag in civil litigation.

That was one of the takeaways from a Feb. 15 ruling by U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who refused to condone the advertising practices of Philadelphia plaintiffs firm Lundy Law, but granted summary judgment in favor of the Lundy firm nonetheless.

Another Philadelphia firm, Larry Pitt & Associates, had sued Lundy Law, alleging, among other things, that Lundy advertised legal services it does not actually provide. Rufe agreed on that count, finding that wrongdoing by the defendant firm was clear. But that didn’t mean Lundy Law could be held liable, she concluded.

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Lizzy McLellan

Lizzy McLellan is a senior editor on ALM's business of law desk. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @LizzyMcLell

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