Bloomberg Law
July 16, 2020, 5:00 PM

Law Firm Drops Trade-Name Ban Suit in New York

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

A lawsuit alleging New York’s ban on the use of trade names in law firm names violates the First Amendment has been dropped by Law HQ and its founder, Thomas Alvord.

“After this case was filed, the Appellate Divisions of the New York Supreme Court approved amendments to New York Rule of Professional Conduct 7.5 that eliminate the trade-name prohibition on which the plaintiffs’ claims were based,” the plaintiffs’ July 15 voluntary notice of dismissal said.

LawHQ is a Salt Lake City-based law firm that employs locally admitted lawyers outside of Utah to provide legal services in other states, according ...

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