‘Playbook conflicts’ arise when a lawyer has knowledge of a client’s approach to strategy: is that alone confidential information on the same or a related matter, such as to prevent the lawyer acting against the client?  This was a decision of the Washington State (USA) Court of Appeals on the meaning of ‘substantially related’ in relation to a former client conflict, based on the ‘legal strategies and defenses developed between USAA’ and the law firm in many previous cases.  The court, reversing the lower court, disqualified the lawyers from acting.

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