Opinion blocking DOL rule cites clash with ethics rules

July 27, 2016 By Joan Rogers
Bloomberg BNA

The Labor Department's new “persuader rule” can't coexist with lawyers' ethical obligations, a federal judge in Texas said June 27 (Nat'l Fed'n of Independent Bus. v. Perez, 2016 BL 221945, N.D. Tex., No. 5:16-cv-00066-C, preliminary injunction 6/27/16 ). The new rule must be put on hold for the time being to avoid irreparable harm to the attorney-client relationship between employment lawyers and their employer-clients, Cummings decided. The nationwide preliminary injunction blocks implementation of the rule until the court reaches a final decision of the merits.

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