Schulman v. Major Help Center

In Schulman v. Major Help Center, Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford-New Britain at Hartford, Docket No. 569027 (December 24, 1997) (21 Conn. L. Rptr. 1) the court stated that it is Connecticut's public policy to protect the public and judicial integrity by requiring attorneys to act ethically. In Schulman court explained: "It is a firmly entrenched principle of contract law that the courts will not enforce the parties' agreement where to do so would violate principles of public policy . . . and that doctrine derives from the basic notion that no court will lend its aid to one who founds a cause of action upon an immoral or illegal act . . . . In the common law of contracts, this doctrine has served as the judicial foundation for occasional exercises of judicial power to abrogate private agreements. . . . The court has refused to allow an attorney to recover fees based upon an agreement which violated Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct on the grounds that such agreement violated public policy." Id., 2-3.