Attorney Malpractice

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NY Court of Appeals holds that a client’s failure to appeal bars a legal malpractice action only where the client was likely to...

Addressing a question of first impression in Grace v. Law, et al., the Court of Appeals adopted the plaintiff-client’s contention that a “likely to succeed” standard should be applied, rejecting the defendant-attorneys’...more

“Uncollectibility” Is an Affirmative Defense to Legal Malpractice Claims in Washington

The Washington Supreme Court addressed two issues of first impression regarding legal malpractice claims in Schmidt v. Coogan, No. 88460-9, (October 9, 2014) and held: (1) that “uncollectibility” is an affirmative defense to...more

Do Lawyers Professional Liability Policies fall within the “no prejudice” amendments to New York’s Insurance Law for late notice?

The New York State Insurance Department has issued an ambiguous opinion taking the position that the amendment to Insurance Law §3420(a)(5), changing the “no prejudice” rule, applies to all liability policies, which arguably...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Attorneys’ E-mails to Client’s Independent Contractor May Be Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege - New York Appeals Court Decision Allows Predecessor Counsel to Place Equal Blame on Successor...more

Appellate Court Notes

?AC35507 - State v. Wright - ?AC35289, AC36395 - Southport Congregational Church-United Church of Christ v. Hadley - The doctrine of equitable conversion did not apply when the decedent contracted to sell real...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014

CFTC Sues Lawyer in Federal Court for Aiding and Abetting Clients’ Legal Violations - Jay Grossman, a Florida-based attorney, was sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a federal court in Florida for...more

Complaint Alleges Malpractice in Claims Drafted for Push Up Bra Inserts

Runberg, Inc. d/b/a Zephyrs v. McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, et al. - Case Number: 652543/2014 - Runberg owns U.S. Patent No. 8,216,021 (“Engineered push up insert”), which claims a kidney-shaped push up insert...more

R. v. Graham: Ontario Court of Appeal Explains Protocol for Appeal Alleging Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

In its July 29, 2014 decision in R. v. Graham, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Cronk, Watt and van Rensburg JJ.A.) comprehensively considered how to approach a criminal appeal alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. In...more

Practicing Defensive Lawyering: Leaving No Stone Unturned In the Land Where the Unicorn is the National Symbol

It’s easy to criticize medical professionals when we believe they are engaged in “defensive medicine”. The fear of legal liability in a future malpractice action sometimes drives medical professionals to order tests or take...more

Court decides when statute of limitations for "wrongful act or omission" against counsel begins

In Lee v. Hanley the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District decided an issue concerning the interpretation of the one-year statute of limitations relating to allegations of wrongdoing in the performance of...more

Massachusetts Court Holds No Coverage Under Lawyers’ Malpractice Policy for 93A Claim

In its recent decision in Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co. v. Lamond, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103117 (D. Mass. July 29, 2014), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider what portion...more

New Statute of Repose for Legal Malpractice Actions in Tennessee

The Tennessee General Assembly, which recently ended its legislative session, implemented a new statute of repose for legal malpractice actions. Professional malpractice suits against licensed public accountants, certified...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Damages Measures for Malpractice in Securities Cases

Our reports on the oral arguments from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Goldfine v. Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum and Perlman. Goldfine poses a number of issues about legal malpractice actions arising...more

Are You Committing E-Discovery Malpractice?

Although this protection is helpful, it is limited by the court’s ability to determine whether a party’s actions were reasonable. Parties therefore should take the matter out of the court’s hands by leveraging other...more

New York Court: Insurer's Failure To Defend Does Not Waive Coverage Defenses

New York’s highest court recently held that an insurer that does not defend its insured may, if later sued by the policyholder seeking coverage, plead policy exclusions as a defense to the coverage claim....more

Offshore Lawyers' Liability: Recent Developments

Offshore lawyers (including international “offshore magic circle” firms, sole practitioners, high street firms, and boutique practices) are exposed to significant risks in the course of their work, particularly in the...more

District Court Declines To Consolidate Disputes Arising Out Of Two Reinsurance Contracts

Plaintiff Georgia Casualty & Surety Company entered into two reinsurance contracts with Defendant Excalibur Reinsurance Corporation, formerly known as PMA Capital Insurance Company. Both reinsurance contracts contained...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Mar 13, 2014

Courts Hold that Involvement of Lawyers Insufficient Basis to Withhold Routine Insurer Fact Investigations Materials: Why it matters - These cases confirm that insurers cannot hide claims-handling and similar...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds $5K Sanctions Award Against Attorney Based On Factual Misrepresentations In Trade Secrets Dispute

Earlier this week, the Ninth Circuit approved a district court order from the Northern District of California imposing $5,000 in sanctions against a plaintiff’s attorney for factual misrepresentations made in an underlying...more

The New York Court of Appeals Vacates its Decision and Rejects “Coverage by Estoppel”

The New York Court of Appeals rarely hears reargument of its decisions, let alone reverses itself. On February 18, 2014, the Court of Appeals did just that....more

In K2 Investment, NY high court reverses itself, confirms well-established case law

The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, 2014 WL 590662 (N.Y.), 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 01102 (N.Y. Feb. 18, 2014), has vacated its own prior decision,...more

New York High Court Reverses Course; Allows Carriers to Rely on Policy Exclusions Where Duty to Defend was Breached

K2 Investment Group, LLC. v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., No. 6, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 201 (N.Y. Ct. of App. Feb. 18, 2014). In 2013, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed an order granting summary judgment to a...more

Accountant And Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Offshore Disclosure Programs—A Trap for CPAs? - Superior Court Imposes Sanctions for Withholding Documents in Discovery - Expert Witness Faces Personal Liability for Professional Malpractice - U.S....more

IP: Hidden Traps: Introduction to Subject Matter Conflicts in Patent Prosecution

Clearly, client-driven litigation and malpractice complaints against patent practitioners are not decreasing any time soon. During the investigation surrounding the suit or complaint, the actions or inactions of the patent...more

Financial Advisory Update

Novel theories by plaintiffs’ lawyers need to foster novel approaches by M&A lawyers. A number of recent cases highlight the increasing risks for financial advisors and the lawyers who represent them. Financial...more

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