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November 25, 2017

Jose Alcala vs Honesto De Vera

56 SCRA 30 – Legal Ethics – Duty of a lawyer to update his client of the status of the case Jose Alcala engaged the services of Atty. Honesto De […]

November 18, 2015

Surigao Mineral Reservation Board vs Gaudencio Cloribel (1970)

31 SCRA 1 – Legal Ethics – Duty to Respect Judicial Authorities – Contempt of Court In Re: Contempt Proceedings Against Attorneys Vicente L. Santiago, Jose Beltran Sotto, Graciano C. […]

September 26, 2015

Natividad Navarro vs Ivan Solidum, Jr.

A.C. No. 9872 – Legal Ethics – Duty of Lawyer to Account for Client’s Money Canon 16 applies sans lawyer-client relationship In April 2006, Hilda Presbitero engaged the services of […]

July 5, 2015

In Re: Atty. Saturnino Parcasio

69 SCRA 336 – Legal Ethics – Effect of Pardon on Pending Disbarment Case In 1966, Atty. Saturnino Parcasio was convicted for robbery with intimidation. His appeals were denied. He […]

July 4, 2015

Pedro Linsangan vs Atty. Nicomedes Tolentino

598 SCRA 133 – Legal Ethics – Unethical Solicitation of Legal Business In 2005, Atty. Pedro Linsangan filed an administrative complaint against Atty. Nicomedes Tolentino alleging that Atty. Tolentino, through […]

July 3, 2015

Vivian Villanueva vs Atty. Cornelius Gonzales

544 SCRA 410 – Legal Ethics – Lawyer’s Duties to Clients; Case Update In 2000, Vivian Villanueva engaged the services of Atty. Cornelius Gonzales to help her transfer a title to […]

July 2, 2015

Eduardo Bago vs Joel Feraren

410 SCRA 282 – Political Law – Administrative Law – Civil Service Commission – “Just Debts” Defined Legal Profession – Court Employees – High Ethical Standards Law on Public Officers […]

July 2, 2015

Gregorio Dimarucot vs People of the Philippines

630 SCRA 659 – Remedial Law – Criminal Procedure/Civil Procedure – Appellant’s Brief; Failure to File – Abandonment of Appeal Legal Profession – Negligence of Counsel Binds Client In 2006, […]

July 1, 2015

Ceferino De Los Santos, Sr. vs Sebastian Palanca

8 SCRA 764 – Legal Ethics – Attorney’s Fees- Quantum Meruit; When Not Applicable – Negligence of Counsel In 1952, Atty. Ceferino De Los Santos, Sr. and his son, also […]

July 1, 2015

Gloria Jinon vs Atty. Leonardo Jiz

692 SCRA 348 – Legal Ethics – Duty To Return Client’s Fund In 2003, Gloria Jinon engaged the services of Atty. Leonardo Jiz to help her recover a land title from […]

June 30, 2015

Erlinda Foster vs Jaime Agtang

A.C. No. 10579 – Legal Ethics – Borrowing From Clients Not Appropriate Civil Claims Cannot Be Litigated in a Disbarment Suit In 2009, Erlinda Foster engaged the services of Atty. […]

June 29, 2015

Commission on Elections vs Tomas Noynay

292 SCRA 264 – Legal Ethics – Duty of Lawyers To Properly Quote The Supreme Court Judicial Ethics – Duty of the Judge to be Studious of the Principles of Law […]

April 3, 2015

Regino Aro vs Arsenio Nañawa

27 SCRA 1090 – Legal Ethics – Attorney’s Fees; Right Thereto – Contingent Fees In 1964, Luis and Pablo Magtibay engaged the services of Atty. Regino Aro in a partition […]

April 3, 2015

Francisco Chavez vs Public Estates Authority (May 2003)

403 SCRA 1 – Legal Ethics – Judicial Ethics – Inhibition; Supreme Court Justice In July 2002, Amari Coastal Bay Development Corporation lost a case (PEA-Amari Scandal) before the Supreme Court […]

December 18, 2014

Blandina Hilado vs Jose Gutierrez David

84 Phil 569 – Legal Ethics – Existence of Attorney-Client Relationship In April 1945, Blandina Hilado filed a complaint to have some deeds of sale annulled against Selim Assad. Attorney […]

April 23, 2014

Ma. Libertad Cantiller vs Atty. Humberto Potenciano

180 SCRA 246 – Legal Ethics – Lawyer’s Duties to His Client – Due Diligence In 1987, the sisters Ma. Libertad Cantiller and Peregrina Cantiller lost an ejectment case. The […]

April 21, 2014

Emilio Capulong vs Manuel Aliño

22 SCRA 491 – Legal Ethics – High Degree of Irresponsibility a Ground for Disbarment In 1957, the spouses Emilio and Cirila Capulong lost a civil case. They were represented […]

April 21, 2014

In Re: Atty. Vicente Francisco

61 Phil. 724 – Legal Ethics – Respect to the Courts – Use of  Temperate Language In 1935, Atty. Vicente Francisco was the counsel for Felipe Salcedo in a case […]

April 17, 2014

Atty. Elmer Solidon vs Atty. Ramil Macalalad

613 SCRA 472 – Legal Ethics – Code of Professional Responsibility – Neglect of Duties – Failure to Account In 2005, Atty. Elmer Solidon engaged the services of Atty. Ramil Macalalad for […]

April 16, 2014

Primitivo Sato vs Simeon Rallos

12 SCRA 84 – Legal Ethics – Legal Profession – Attorney’s Fees – Services of a Lawyer-Politician In 1949, the testate estate of Numeriana Rallos owes the government a tax […]

April 9, 2014

Atty. Conrado Gandeza, Jr. vs Judge Maria Clarita Tabin

Legal Ethics – Judicial Ethics – Conduct of Judges – Impropriety In November 2007, the cars of Atty. Conrado Gandeza, Jr. and Paul Casuga collided with each other. Later at […]

March 23, 2014

Noryn Tan vs Judge Clarita Tabin

Remedial Law – Summary Procedure – Warrant of Arrest – Notice to the Accused Legal Ethics – Judicial Ethics – Abuse of Authority In 2006, a criminal case was filed […]

March 8, 2014

2013 Legal Ethics Exam MCQs

[Below are the Multiple Choice Questions asked in the 2013 Bar Exams in Labor Law. ] 1. Under the 2004 Rules of Notarial Practice, what may be used to satisfy […]

October 27, 2013

2013 Legal Ethics Exam Essay Questions

I. Atty. Bravo represents Carlos Negar (an insurance agent for Dormir Insurance Co.) in a suit filed by insurance claimant Andy Limot who also sued Dormir Insurance. The insurance policy […]

October 27, 2013

Brigida Buenaseda et al vs Juan Flavier et al

Legal Ethics – Legal Profession – Motion for Disbarment Improperly Filed Administrative Law – Power of the Ombudsman – Preventive Suspension In 1992, the NCMH Nurses Association (NCMH) filed a […]

October 26, 2013

Spouses Aranda vs Atty. Emmanuel Elayda

Legal Ethics – Legal Profession – Negligence of Counsel In 2006, Atty. Emmanuel Elayda was hired by Spouses Virgilio and Angelina Aranda to be their counsel in a civil case. […]

October 26, 2013

Petition for Leave to Reclaim Practice of Law of Benjamin Dacanay

540 SCRA 424 – Civil Law – Private International Law – Nationality Theory – Practice of Law is Reserved for Filipinos  In 1998, Atty. Benjamin Dacanay went to Canada to […]

March 30, 2013

In Re: Petition for Extraordinary Mercy of Edmundo Macarrubo

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Reinstatement to the Bar – Judicial Clemency Guidelines In February 2004, Edmundo Macarrubo was disbarred for having contracted two bigamous marriages (gross immorality). He […]

February 13, 2013

Florence Teves Macarrubo vs Atty. Edmundo Macarrubo

424 SCRA 42 – Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Disbarment Case is Sui Generis – Immoral and Deceitful Conduct  In 1982, Edmundo Macarrubo married Helen Esparza. In 1986, he […]

February 13, 2013

In Re: Vicente Ching

Legal Profession – Admission to the Bar – Citizenship Requirement In 1998, Vicente Ching finished his law degree at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City. He eventually passed the […]

January 6, 2013

Dalisay Capili vs Atty. Alfredo Bentulan

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Duty to Represent Client with Competence and Diligence  Dalisay Capili engaged the legal services of Atty. Alfredo Bentulan as her counsel in a civil […]

December 7, 2012

In Re: Rodolfo Pactolin

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Moral Turpitude – Disbarment  In May 2008, the Supreme Court, in G.R. No. 161455 (Pactolin vs Sandiganbayan), affirmed the conviction of Atty. Rodolfo Pactolin […]

December 7, 2012

Urban Bank, Inc. vs Atty. Magdaleno Peña

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Unconscionable Attorney’s Fees –Quantum Meruit  In 1994, Isabel Sugar Company, Inc. (ISCI) sold a parcel of land to Urban Bank, Inc. (UBI). The land […]

December 7, 2012

Corazon Nevada vs Atty. Rodolfo Casuga

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Gross Misconduct – Malpractice of Law – Misconduct In 2007, Corazon Nevada, filed a disbarment case against Atty. Rodolfo Casuga. Nevada alleged the following: […]

December 2, 2012

Elpidio Tiong vs Atty. George Florendo

Problem Areas in Legal Ethics – Pardon Does Not Bar Sanction Against an Erring Lawyer – Moral Depravity – Grossly Immoral Conduct  Atty. George Florendo has been serving as the […]

December 2, 2012

Renato Cayetano vs Christian Monsod

Legal Ethics – Practice of Law  In 1991, Christian Monsod was appointed as the Chairman of the Commission on Elections. His appointment was affirmed by the Commission on Appointments. Monsod’s […]

October 17, 2012

In Re: Clemente Soriano

Legal Ethics – Lawyer’s Negligence  Atty. Clemente Soriano entered his appearance in the case People’s Homesite vs Mencias and Tiburcio et al. He sought to represent Marcelino Tiburcio. The odd […]

October 14, 2012

First Philippine International Bank vs Court of Appeals

252 SCRA 259 – Legal Ethics – Forum Shopping Civil Law – Contract of Sale – Parties to a Sales Contract  Producers Bank (now called First Philippine International Bank), which […]

October 12, 2012

In Re: Plagiarism Charges Against Justice Mariano Del Castillo (2011)

Legal Ethics – Duty of Counsel To Cite Law/Jurisprudence Without Alteration The Malaya Lolas received an adverse decision in the case Vinuya vs Romulo decided by the Supreme Court on […]

October 12, 2012

Florencia De Mondia vs Public Service Commission

65 Phil 58 – Legal Ethics – Right of Client Not To Appeal  De Mondia, Consolacion Decimo and four others sued the Public Service Commission. They lost in the trial […]

October 4, 2012

Angelita Orcino vs Atty. Josue Gaspar

Legal Ethics – Canon 22 – Termination of Counsel  Orcino’s husband was murdered and she was zealous in prosecuting the suspects. She hired Atty. Gaspar as her counsel and they […]

October 3, 2012

Atty. Carmen Alcantara vs Atty. Eduardo De Vera

Legal Ethics – Canon 21 – Client’s Confidence and Secrets  Atty. Eduardo De Vera won a case for Rosario Mercado. De Vera garnished the bank account of the opposing party […]

October 3, 2012

Polytrade Corporation vs Victoriano Blanco

30 SCRA 187 – Legal Ethics – Two Concepts of Attorney’s Fees  Blanco was sued by Polytrade for damages as he failed to pay a delivery of rawhide (to be […]

October 3, 2012

Alex Cueto vs Atty. Jose Jimenez, Jr.

Legal Ethics – Canon 20 – Duty to Avoid Controversies Involving Lawyer’s Fees  Engineer Alex Cueto, for P5,000,000.00, was contracted to build a building for Jose Jimenez III. Cueto decided […]

October 2, 2012

Emilia Dhaliwal vs Atty. Abelardo Dumaguing

Legal Ethics – Canon 16 – Money of Client  Emilia Dhaliwal was having some legal issues in purchasing a parcel of land from Fil-Estate Development, Inc. Their case reached the […]

October 2, 2012

Rufina Bautista vs Atty. Benjamin Barrios

9 SCRA 695 – Legal Ethics – Representing Conflicting Interests  Bautista approached Atty. Barrios to help her and two other parties to draft a Deed of Partition involving the intestate […]

September 25, 2012

People of the Philippines vs George Daeng

49 SCRA 221 – Legal Ethics – Appointment of Counsel de Oficio Daeng and three other were prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison. They were accused of killing another inmate […]

September 25, 2012

People of the Philippines vs Felipe Malunsing

63 SCRA 493 – Legal Ethics – Duty of Counsel to Be Adequately Prepared  Manuel Villegas together with Malunsing et al were charged for murder. At the opening of the […]

September 25, 2012

In Re: Feliciano Gomez

43 Phil 376 – Legal Ethics – Contemptuous Language  In 1921, Atty. Feliciano Gomez lost an election protest case for the governorship of Laguna filed by Juan Cailles which reached […]

September 24, 2012