This was a client relations fiasco for David Boies and his law firm. On the one hand, Mr. Boies and his colleagues were representing the New York Times. On the other hand, Mr. Boies’ firm retained private investigators to try to halt the efforts to report on alleged misconduct by Harvey Weinstein.
Obviously, we don’t have access to the underlying documents, but Boies claims that he had the right to represent other clients in matters that did not conflict with the interests of the Times. That is true. I believe that Mr. Boies did not realize that there would be a serious conflict of interest when the Times was beginning to do reports on Harvey Weinstein.
I can see why the Times was very upset when they learned that their own lawyer was working against them. That being said, I do not see a violation of an ethics rule.
Edward X. Clinton, Jr.