Try to make sense of this case.  It involves legal malpractice and the representations of Chinese hair importers.  See below for a discussion of the "discovery statute of limitations" which is very, very rarely invoked successfully.

"On January 9, 2006, pro se plaintiff, Chuanyu Xie ("Xie" or "Plaintiff"), filed a legal malpractice complaint against his former lawyer Chris Lin (a/k/a Xiaoyun Lin), the law firm of Chen, Lin, Li, & Jiang, LLP, the law office of Lin and Li, and the law office of De Hong (collectively "Defendants"). Upon Plaintiff’s request, the complaint was dismissed with prejudice against the law office of De Hong. The remaining Defendants now move to dismiss the complaint against them pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b) (1), (2), and (6) – lack of subject matter and personal jurisdiction, failure to state a claim, as well as expiration of the statute of limitations. In the alternative, the law offices of Lin & Li request that all allegations in the complaint related to them be stricken pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e), motion for a more definite statement. For the reasons set forth below, the 12(b) motion is GRANTED and thus, I need not reach the 12(e) motion. "

"Defendants also argue that Plaintiff’s legal malpractice claim is time-barred. I agree.

The legal malpractice cause of action must be brought within three years of the alleged malpractice, irrespective of whether the claim is based in contract or tort. N.Y. C.P.L.R. §214(6). Here the claim that gave rise to the cause of action for legal malpractice arose on November 6, 2001 when Judge Cote issued her opinion and held Xie personally liable for the damages. Xie filed his legal malpractice action on January 9, 2006, almost six years later. Nothing in the papers suggests otherwise.

Plaintiff contends however, that he did not discover the malpractice, specifically the alleged collusion between his lawyer, Chris Lin, and his adversary until three years after the conclusion of the case. Even if true, it does not salvage the Plaintiff’s case.[2] It is well-established that a cause of action for legal malpractice accrues on the date of the allegedly improper action, not on the date the malpractice was discovered.[3] Rafter v. Liddle, 2006 WL 2255093, *7 (S.D.N.Y. 2006); see also Wells Fargo Home Mortg., Inc. v. Zeichner, Ellman & Krause, LLP, 771 N.Y.S.2d 892, 893 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004).

Although Xie’s opposition motion (and to a lesser extent, his complaint) is littered with allegations of fraud, these allegations arise out of the same conduct that forms the basis of Xie’s legal malpractice claim. Under New York law, the fraud claim in these circumstances is considered duplicative of the malpractice claim, and thus, must be dismissed. See, e.g., id. at 9; see also Laruccia v. Forchelli, Curto, Schwartz, Mineo, Carlino & Cohn, LLP, 744 N.Y.S.2d 335, 335 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002). As a result, the six year statute of limitations associated with a fraud cause of action is not applicable here. "

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Andrew Lavoott Bluestone

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone has been an attorney for 40 years, with a career that spans criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation. Mr. Bluestone became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County in 1978, entered private practice in 1984 and in 1989 opened…

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone has been an attorney for 40 years, with a career that spans criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation. Mr. Bluestone became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County in 1978, entered private practice in 1984 and in 1989 opened his private law office and took his first legal malpractice case.

Since 1989, Bluestone has become a leader in the New York Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice bar, handling a wide array of plaintiff’s legal malpractice cases arising from catastrophic personal injury, contracts, patents, commercial litigation, securities, matrimonial and custody issues, medical malpractice, insurance, product liability, real estate, landlord-tenant, foreclosures and has defended attorneys in a limited number of legal malpractice cases.

Bluestone also took an academic role in field, publishing the New York Attorney Malpractice Report from 2002-2004.  He started the “New York Attorney Malpractice Blog” in 2004, where he has published more than 4500 entries.

Mr. Bluestone has written 38 scholarly peer-reviewed articles concerning legal malpractice, many in the Outside Counsel column of the New York Law Journal. He has appeared as an Expert witness in multiple legal malpractice litigations.

Mr. Bluestone is an adjunct professor of law at St. John’s University College of Law, teaching Legal Malpractice.  Mr. Bluestone has argued legal malpractice cases in the Second Circuit, in the New York State Court of Appeals, each of the four New York Appellate Divisions, in all four of  the U.S. District Courts of New York and in Supreme Courts all over the state.  He has also been admitted pro haec vice in the states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida and was formally admitted to the US District Court of Connecticut and to its Bankruptcy Court all for legal malpractice matters. He has been retained by U.S. Trustees in legal malpractice cases from Bankruptcy Courts, and has represented municipalities, insurance companies, hedge funds, communications companies and international manufacturing firms. Mr. Bluestone regularly lectures in CLEs on legal malpractice.

Based upon his professional experience Bluestone was named a Diplomate and was Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in 2008 in Legal Malpractice. He remains Board Certified.  He was admitted to The Best Lawyers in America from 2012-2019.  He has been featured in Who’s Who in Law since 1993.

In the last years, Mr. Bluestone has been featured for two particularly noteworthy legal malpractice cases.  The first was a settlement of an $11.9 million dollar default legal malpractice case of Yeo v. Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman which was reported in the NYLJ on August 15, 2016. Most recently, Mr. Bluestone obtained a rare plaintiff’s verdict in a legal malpractice case on behalf of the City of White Plains v. Joseph Maria, reported in the NYLJ on February 14, 2017. It was the sole legal malpractice jury verdict in the State of New York for 2017.

Bluestone has been at the forefront of the development of legal malpractice principles and has contributed case law decisions, writing and lecturing which have been recognized by his peers.  He is regularly mentioned in academic writing, and his past cases are often cited in current legal malpractice decisions. He is recognized for his ample writings on Judiciary Law § 487, a 850 year old statute deriving from England which relates to attorney deceit.