Yesterday we reported that the Purlite legal malpractice case was going to the jury; it appeared from reports that a question of the statute of limitations would be the most important issue. Now, breaking news is that the trial ends with a defense verdict, but on the merits and not on the question of the statute of limitations. From NY Lawyer:
"Morgan Lewis & Bockius yesterday defeated a $20 million breach of contract claim brought by a former client.
The 12 jurors in Brodie v. Morgan Lewis came back just before noon after three-and-one-half hours of deliberations over two days. They were unanimous in their defense verdict.
While the jury found that Bro-Tech Corp. – operating as Purolite – and its owners Don and Stefan Brodie properly brought the suit within the four-year statute of limitations, they said Morgan Lewis did not breach its contract with the Brodies by advising them to continue selling their water filtration products to companies in Cuba.
The case was held before Senior Judge Albert W. Sheppard in Philadelphia’s Commerce Court Program.
The verdict is a win for Morgan Lewis as well as its counsel, William J. O’Brien and Nancy Gellman of Conrad O’Brien Gellman & Rohn. "