Taint Shopping Law and Legal Definition

Taint shopping refers to a client retaining a lawyer to "create" grounds for a conflict of interests in order to file a disqualification motion. For example, in a divorce case, one spouse may consult with a number of divorce attorneys in town to "taint" every attorney in town from taking the other spouse's case. Since the attorney has had a confidential consultation, even if not hired, that same attorney cannot take the other spouse as a client because they have a conflict of interest due to hearing the first spouse's side of the case during the confidential consultation.