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                                        91 N.J.L.J. 806
                                        December 12, 1968


Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Insurance Carriers
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' attorneys.
    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.

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