91 N.J.L.J. 806
December 12, 1968
Form of Consent to Settle
This inquiry is whether or not during litigation an attorney
for an insurance carrier may provide his client a "blanket" form of
consent to settlement negotiations between carrier and claimants'
In our Opinion 132, 91 N.J.L.J. 369 (1968), we held that Canons of Professional Ethics, Canon 9 requires claimants' attorneys to refrain from contact with a carrier without express permission from the carrier's attorney.
This inquiry deals merely with a method of expressing such consent. We see no ethical objection to any reasonable means employed to provide a clear manifestation of consent to negotiate directly with claimants' attorneys. Whether the form used be on an individual case basis or in a "blanket" style is a matter for determination by the respective carriers' attorneys.