(1) “Screwing Banks Since 1992”; (2) “Keep your property”; (3) “Stop wage garnishments”; (4) “Stop home foreclosure”; and (5) “Stop vehicle repossession.”The Supreme Court determined the advertising statements contained in Brent Welke's ad violated Rule 7.1, "which prohibits making false or misleading communications about the lawyer or the lawyer's services, including a communication that contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law or omits a fact necessary to make a statement considered as a whole not materially misleading." It's not clear which of the statements offended the Court most. Obviously, a bankruptcy attorney can't make blanket statements about what he can do, such as ensuring the debtor gets to keep his property, stop a home foreclosure or prevent a vehicle from being repossessed. The "screwing banks" claim seems to be more of a statement of opinion of what the attorney does, even if offensive to some.
I've watched a lot of commercials for attorneys on TV that I find equally as offensive, if not misleading, particularly with law firms' claims about their dealings with insurance companies. For some reason, those ads are deemed okay. I also don't understand why attorneys are allowed to advertise that they are a "Super Lawyer," a totally bogus designation a private publication confers on lawyers in exchange for lawyer-paid advertising in its publication.