Hultman v. Blumenthal

In Hultman v. Blumenthal, 67 Conn. App. 613, 624, 787 A.2d 666, cert. denied, 259 Conn. 929, 793 A.2d 253 (2002), the plaintiffs argued that the attorney general had a responsibility to adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct, and that his statements to the media violated the Rules of Professional Conduct concerning trial publicity and statements made outside the courtroom. The Court stated, however, that the case was "not a review of a disciplinary hearing or the defendant's conduct as an attorney. The preamble to the Rules of Professional Conduct provides in relevant part that a 'violation of a Rule should not give rise to a cause of action nor should it create any presumption that a legal duty has been breached. The Rules are designed to provide guidance to lawyers and to provide a structure for regulating conduct through disciplinary agencies. They are not designed to be a basis for civil liability.'" Id., 619-20 n.8.