Garretson, SD asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for South Dakota

Q: Can a city's insurance attorney represent a towtruck owner hired by the city in a civil lawsuit

Federal civil lawsuit against a city can their attorney represent a 3rd party person (towtruck owner) in this lawsuit

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Typically, a city's insurance attorney would represent the interests of the city in legal matters, including civil lawsuits. While it's possible for an attorney to represent multiple parties in certain circumstances, there may be conflicts of interest that prevent them from representing a third-party person, such as a tow truck owner, in a federal civil lawsuit against the city.

In situations where there is a conflict of interest, it's important for each party involved to have independent legal representation to ensure their rights and interests are adequately protected. This may involve the tow truck owner hiring their own attorney to represent them in the lawsuit, separate from the city's insurance attorney.

Consulting with a legal professional who specializes in civil litigation can provide clarity on the specific legalities and options available in your case. They can advise you on the best course of action to take to protect your rights and navigate the complexities of the legal process effectively.

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