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In the Matter of Austern
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
524 A.2d 680 (1987)
Attorney David Austern (defendant) represented Milton Viorst in selling condominium units owned by Viorst. The purchasers agreed to go to closing if Viorst deposited $10,000 into the escrow account. Viorst wrote the check but informed Austern that there were no funds in the account upon which the check had been written. Austern signed the escrow agreement without disclosing this information to the attorney representing the purchasers. The District of Columbia’s Board on Professional Responsibility (the board) found that Austern’s conduct violated the Code of Professional Responsibility, and it recommended a sanction of public censure. Austern subsequently appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pryor, C.J.)
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