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What Makes A Sustainable Legal Malpractice Case?

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A good legal malpractice case alleges that there were departures from good practice, which led to a bad result and that but for the departure from good practice there would have been a better result, with ascertainable damages.  This is exactly what plaintiff in Hall v Schrader, Israely, Deluca & Waters, LLP   2017 NY Slip Op… Continue Reading

The 2016 Judiciary Law 487 Series

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Continuing our review of JL 487 cases from 2016 we come across the ironic gem of a JL 487 case which ends in plaintiff’s attorney being sanctioned for bringing a case which (in essence) seeks a sanction for deceit. Lawrence Ripak Co., Inc. v Gdanski  2016 NY Slip Op 06805 [143 AD3d 862]  October 19,… Continue Reading

Was it Strategy or Mistake?

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Hindsight reasoning, roundly disliked by the judiciary is at the heart of legal malpractice.  Legal malpractice always comes down to a backwards comparison of the hypothetical better outcome v. the actual outcome.  This is the essence of the “but for” question.  Would there have been a better economic outcome “but for” the mistakes (or acts)… Continue Reading

More Worker’s Compensation Problems and Professional Negligence

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Just as in the N.Y. Workers’ Compensation Board v. Wang case, so Accredited Aides Plus, Inc. v Program Risk Mgt., Inc. 2017 NY Slip Op 00058 Decided on January 5, 2017 Appellate Division, Third Department Garry, J.P., J. deals with groups that have failed to make sure that their Workers’ Compensation programs actually follow generally accepted accounting and insurance procedures,… Continue Reading

Judiciary Law 487 Claim Denied

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Brookwood Cos., Inc. v Alston & Bird LLP   2017 NY Slip Op 00535 Decided on January 26, 2017 Appellate Division, First Department teaches us a number of lessons. Contracting for the government can be big business, and can lead to expensive litigation.  Reliance on specific US statutes can resolve a case, but over-reliance may be rejected by… Continue Reading

More of Last Years JL 487 Cases

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We continue the year 2016 survey of Judiciary Law § 487 cases.  Be sure to see Prof. Anita Bernstein’s article in today’s NYLJ on vicarious liability and JL § 487. 18.  TSR Group, LLC v Levitin 2016 NY Slip Op 31322(U) July 13, 2016 Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: 651356/2015 Judge: Eileen A. Rakower  … Continue Reading

Judiciary Law Cases of 2016…Continued

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Our survey of all the 2016 Judiciary Law cases continues with: 15.  M.T. Packaging, Inc. v Fung Kai Hoo    2016 NY Slip Op 31189(U)  June 23, 2016 Supreme Court, New York County  Docket Number: 652579/2014  Judge: Cynthia S. Kern  A contract case concerning bags and packaging sales was based on a claim that the bags… Continue Reading

Why Do These Folks Get Involved With Workers’ Compensation Trusts?

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State of N.Y. Workers’ Compensation Bd. v Wang  2017 NY Slip Op 00057  Decided on January 5, 2017  Appellate Division, Third Department  Egan Jr., J., is the story of a trust gone bad.  “The Health Care Providers Self-Insurance Trust, a group self-insured trust, was formed in 1992 to provide mandated workers’ compensation coverage to employees of… Continue Reading

The Crime-Fraud Exception to Privilege

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We started the discussion of attorney-client privilege on Friday.  In this case, plaintiff  loaned money to corporation, and eventually, the corporation stops paying it back.  From there, the UCC-1, Security Agreements and Transfers are simply too complicated for a blog entry such as this.  Suffice it to say, there are multiple law firms, making multiple… Continue Reading

A Complicated Commercial Case Yields A Comprehensive Guide to Privilege

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Clients loan money to corporation, and eventually, the corporation stops paying it back.  From there, the UCC-1, Security Agreements and Transfers are simply too complicated for a blog entry such as this.  Suffice it to say, there are multiple law firms, making multiple claims against the parties and eachother, and a huge question of attorney-client… Continue Reading

In The Third Round, A Knockout

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The danger and beauty of contingent fee arrangements is that this method of risk allocation recognizes that while the attorney may make a large sum of money, there is the attendant risk that there will be no fee at all.  For the client, as has been well-recognized over the years, this arrangement allows for representation… Continue Reading

A Decision So Normal that It is Unexpected

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Westchester Hills Golf Club, Inc. v Panken  2017 NY Slip Op 30045(U)  January 10, 2017 Supreme Court, New York County  Docket Number: 155528/2016  Judge: Cynthia S. Kern is a decision on a CPLR 3211 motion in a legal malpractice setting.  We have become  accustomed to reading 3211 decisions where the Court goes well beyond the settled… Continue Reading

And The Other Shoe Drops in this Dismissal

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Barrett v Goldstein 2017 NY Slip Op 30011(U) January 4, 2017 Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: 154225/2016 Judge: Arlene P. Bluth is the second half of a two-part decision arising from a divorce mediation which went wrong for plaintiff.  Yesterday, we saw that the mediator was let out of the case.  Today, plaintiff’s… Continue Reading

All of the 2016 Judiciary Law Cases, Continued

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13.  Emigrant Funding Corp. v Nunez   2016 NY Slip Op 32089(U)  May 25, 2016  Supreme Court, Queens County  Docket Number: 16111/2009  Judge: Robert J. McDonald    Our review of the entire year’s cases highlights the large number of foreclosure actions in which (almost as a reflex) JL 487 claims are raised against both the bank’s… Continue Reading

All the Judiciary Law 487 Cases of 2016 (4)

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Continuing on our survey of all the JL 487 cases last year we move on to the spring: 10.  Little Rest Twelve, Inc. v Zajic 2016 NY Slip Op 01767 [137 AD3d 540] March 15, 2016 Appellate Division, First Department discusses a concept that we will see further refined later: “As discussed below, the motion… Continue Reading

Really? What Exactly Does It Take to Hold A Law Firm Responsible?

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McDowell v HSBC Bank, USA, N.A.  2016 NY Slip Op 32493(U)  December 20, 2016  Supreme Court, New York County  Docket Number: 154900/13  Judge: Shlomo S. Hagler is a footnote to “The Big Short” and illustrates how the sub-prime mortgage market operated at a retail level. “McDowell was an “elderly person of color” who owned premises… Continue Reading

Only in Manhattan…

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Where else in this fair country could a dispute over replacement of a washing machine escalate to litigation over Judiciary Law 487, treble damages, attorney fees and the business judgment rule?  Only in Manhattan and probably only in a coop.  Plaintiff had to get permission to put in the washer/dryer and then when it broke… Continue Reading

A Huge Mess; Let’s Start Over

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Plaintiff agrees to buy a newly constructed home, so long as the builder can produce a Certificate of Occupancy.  Of course, there is no C of O at the closing, and everyone goes into a song and dance.  Escrows, title insurance promises and monies paid to the attorneys cloud the story.  Now, after a slew… Continue Reading

Litigation is a Game of Kings…With Lots of Money at Play

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Arbor Realty Funding, LLC v Herrick, Feinstein LLP  2016 NY Slip Op 08935  Decided on December 29, 2016  Appellate Division, First Department is certainly a case about money.  Note the level of defense attorney players here…Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Blank Rome, LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, New… Continue Reading

A Classic Legal Malpractice Case to End the Year

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It’s our last blog for the year, and it is a classic situation.  We leave you ’till January with this story. Copeny v George T. Peters, PLLC  2016 NY Slip Op 32501(U)  December 16, 2016  Supreme Court, Kings County  Docket Number: 501818/14  Judge: Larry D. Martin is all about a car accident, and the selection of… Continue Reading

When Quasi-Legal Malpractice Claims Get Really Ugly

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This case mentions legal malpractice, and is a variant of the classic “you did me wrong, so I’m suing” trope.  Here, an international investor, is accused of defamation of a well-regarded law firm and its principal. Morelli v Wey  2016 NY Slip Op 32487(U)  December 16, 2016  Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: 153011/16… Continue Reading

All The Judiciary Law 487 Cases of 2016 (3)

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We continue with the cases: 7.  Neroni v Follender  2016 NY Slip Op 01527 [137 AD3d 1336]  March 3, 2016  Appellate Division, Third Department is the story of a defendant who was sued and lost, then turned around and sued the plaintiffs and their attorneys not unlike a poster-child for the principle of privity.  It… Continue Reading

All the Judiciary Law 487 Cases of 2016 (2)

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Vol.2 of all the Judiciary Law Cases of 2016: Hudson v Hahn Kook Ctr. (USA), Inc.  2016 NY Slip Op 00882 [136 AD3d 459]  February 9, 2016  Appellate Division, First Department . Plaintiffs agreed to allow non-party attorney to withdraw while a motion to dismiss for discovery failures was pending.  Their claim that he committed deceit was… Continue Reading
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