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A thorny concern for lawyers is whether — and if so, when — an attorney/client relationship has been formed with a party with whom the lawyer has entered into a business arrangement. Current litigation over an agreement involving theatrical production rights to the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha (MOLM) offers some perspective on the issue. Abraham v. Leigh, 17 Civ. 5429 (S.D.N.Y.).
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