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Legal Malpractice

We had previously written about Purolite Corporation’s legal malpractice claim against mega-firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The case stems from the firm’s advice on whether Purolite subsidiaries could continue to do business with Cuban companies. Now, after more than two weeks of trial, the case is going to the jury. And the entire case may…

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I have often said that people often come to me not because they were harmed, but because of the way they were treated after they harmed. For example, a medical malpractice client may come because they can’t get a straight answer from the doctor. Or a person injured in an accident may come because they…

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In New York, a legal malpractice lawsuit is proceeding against mega-firm Paul Hastings. In the suit, an investor hired attorneys from the firm to conduct the due diligence in a $3 million investment.  The is now suing alleging that the firm committed legal malpractice by failing to ensure that the investor obtained all the mineral rights…

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A jury handed down a verdict in a Mississippi legal malpractice case this week. The case involves the familiar fact pattern of an attorney failing to file suit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. But even worse, it appears the attorney didn’t tell the client that the case was dismissed until several…

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To win a legal malpractice claim, a plaintiff must prove that the attorney’s negligence was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. For over 15 years, it has been the law in Texas that legal malpractice plaintiffs who have been convicted of a criminal offense cannot establish the proximate cause element unless the plaintiff is…

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In Philadelphia, mega-law firm Duane Morris has found itself as the defendant in a legal malpractice case.  In the case, the plaintiff has alleged that Duane Morris negotiated a settlement agreement on the plaintiff’s behalf, but failed to make sure that the payments were secured.  According to the plaintiff, he received approximately $200,000 of a…

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Texas appellate courts have released two new legal malpractice opinions in the last two months.  In December, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Murphy v. Gruber, 2007 Tex. App. Lexis 9707 (December 13, 2007).  The plaintiff alleged that the defendant law firm acted negligently and breached its fiduciary duties by representing multiple…

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Late last week, Blackwater Security filed a legal malpractice claim against Wiley Rain, one of the law firms defending the company in a wrongful death suit brought by four former employees. The reports on the suit make allegations that attorneys, including current White House counsel Fred Fielding, were sloppy in their attempts to have the…

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Legal malpractice cases can arise from any number of unusual situations. A legal malpractice trial started late last week against the Philadelphia firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a 1,400+ lawyer firm. In that case, the firm is being sued by former client Purolite Corp. According to the allegations in the lawsuit, Purolite sought advice from…

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