New Ways for Law Firms to Get in Trouble

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It used to be that law firms only had to worry about getting into such "minor" legal trouble as malpractice or malfeasance. Now, with the turmoil in legal hiring and firing the past several years, new causes of action seem to be appearing daily. Firms have already been successfully sued for age discrimination in the dismissal of partners; these recent news items would appear to expand the list of problems.

Exhibit A. A Texas law firm lost its defense against a lawyer it had hired. The plaintiff worked for another law firm and was lured away based on alleged representations of firm's future and the collegiality of its founding partners, and found neither to his liking. Does this mean there will be an increase in litigation from dissatisfied lawyers claiming negligent misrepresentation when their lateral moves do not turn out as desired? And if firms enticed the move, are they at risk of being sued by the first law firm for interference with contractual relations?

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