Indiana Legal Blog reports on the Transcontinental legal malpractice case. We reported on it earlier, but there seems to be a new twist:
"On appeal, the Indiana Court of Appeals did not accept the excess insurer’s argument that they should be allowed to bring a legal malpractice claim against the client’s attorneys under the doctrine of equitable subrogation. The Indiana Court of Appeals found no material issue of fact in finding that limited correspondence between the excess insurer and the client’s attorneys fell significantly short of constituting an attorney/client relationship. Id. at 724. Furthermore, the Indiana Court of Appeals held that allowing the legal malpractice suit under the doctrine of equitable subrogation would essentially be the same as allowing an assignment of the cause of action from one party to another, which it will not do. Id. at 723. In support of the holding, the Indiana Court of Appeals explained it will not allow legal malpractice actions in these situations for the reason that allowing them would divide the loyalty of the attorneys. If allowed, attorneys will be tempted in not vigorously representing their clients in order to protect themselves against third parties such as the excess insurer in this case. Id.
The Indiana Supreme Court granted a petition to transfer and the Indiana Court of Appeals opinion has been vacated. "