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Bernie Madoff and Legal Malpractice

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It’s been 7 years since Bernie Madoff was arrested, yet his craftwork still is filtering through the legal malpractice world.  In Delollis v Archer  2015 NY Slip Op 04084  Decided on May 13, 2015  Appellate Division, Second Department we see an unsuccessful claim by benefit funds of the carpenters’ unions against their attorneys, whom they say… Continue Reading

Son v. Mother in a Judiciary Law 487 Case

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Judiciary Law § 487 claims are unique, and arise from the oldest statute in Angol-American jurisprudence.  Often misused, the statute is infrequently applied or upheld against its target. Hersh v Weg  2015 NY Slip Op 30698(U)  April 27, 2015  Supreme Court, New York County  Docket Number: 104360/2011  Judge: Jeffrey K. Oing is a prime example. This story… Continue Reading

The Third Department on “Effectively Compelled Settlements”

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Last week we discussed two 2d Department decisions on the issue of settlement and a subsequent legal malpractice case.  Today, a new decision from the Third Department.  Schrowang v Biscone   2015 NY Slip Op 03910   Decided on May 7, 2015  Appellate Division, Third Department brings up a familiar trope in matrimonial law.  Attorneys are paid… Continue Reading

Effectively Compelled Settlements and Legal Malpractice

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At least in the Second Department, the principal that  a claim for legal malpractice is viable, despite settlement of the underlying action, if it is alleged that settlement of the action was effectively compelled by mistakes of counsel.  In the First Department, a line of cases has arisen which undercuts that principal.  The Second Department… Continue Reading

What is “At Issue” and What is not in a Legal Malpractice Setting?

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Attorney-client communications are privileged, and not open to discovery in general.  In a legal malpractice case, the rules are somewhat relaxed.  If the attorney client communications are “at issue” they are discoverable.  To the extent that Plaintiff relied upon these communications to make decisions about the underlying case for which he is suing the attorneys,… Continue Reading

This May Be the First Full Application of Grace v. Law in a Legal Malpractice Case

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We’ve written that  Grace v. Law  is a game-changer in the legal malpractice field.  Previously, there was no obligation on plaintiff to undertake an appeal prior to commencing a legal malpractice case.  Now, after Grace it’s a new world, and nothing illustrates that point better than Buczek v Dell & Little, LLP   2015 NY Slip Op 03492   Decided… Continue Reading

A Long Simmering Slander Suit with a Huge Law Firm

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Flomenhaft v Finkelstein  2015 NY Slip Op 03468  Decided on April 28, 2015  Appellate Division, First Department  has been on the back burner for a long time, and now has again reached the First Department.  Attorney Flomenhaft accuses Andrew Finkelstein of slander.  Finkelstein is royalty in New York.  “Defendant Andrew Finkelstein (Finkelstein) is an attorney… Continue Reading

Wild Investing for a Trust by an Attorney and His Firm

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Bruges Realty, Corp. v Horowitz   2015 NY Slip Op 30634(U)  April 17, 2015  Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: 651986/2010  Judge: Saliann Scarpulla is the story of overreaching by an attorney who has been given millions of dollars to invest for several trusts.  He leaves his law firm, engages in investments not suitable for a fiduciary,… Continue Reading

More On Accountant Negligence

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We continue from Fridayh.   The facts in Hamadeh v Spaulding  2015 NY Slip Op 30027(U) January 8, 2015  Supreme Courty, New York County Docket Number: 114060/09  Judge: Marcy S. Friedman are relatively simple.  Accountant is asked how taxpayer can lessen his tax liability, a question we assume is regularly asked of CPAs.  He gives wrong advice about… Continue Reading

Lots of Issues Decided in an Accounting Malpractice Case

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The facts in Hamadeh v Spaulding  2015 NY Slip Op 30027(U) January 8, 2015  Supreme Courty, New York County Docket Number: 114060/09  Judge: Marcy S. Friedman are relatively simple.  Accountant is asked how taxpayer can lessen his tax liability, a question we assume is regularly asked of CPAs.  He gives wrong advice about moving out of state… Continue Reading

A Legal Malpractice Date Missed; A Legal Malpractice Case Lost

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It’s ironic when a legal malpractice case, which alleges that the attorneys being sued departed from good and accepted practice is itself dismissed for technical reasons.  Risk Control Assoc. Ins. Group v Maloof, Lebowitz, Connahan & Oleske, P.C.  2015 NY Slip Op 03067  Decided on April 9, 2015  Appellate Division, First Department is one such example.… Continue Reading

A Skirmish on the Way to a Battle

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When a client has multiple remedies, such as personal injury, wrongful death, pain and suffering, as well as workers’ compensation, sometimes the attorneys focus on one to the detriment of another remedy.  Such is what seems to have happened in Lirano v Grimble & Logudice, LLC    2014 NY Slip Op 32346(U)   September 3, 2014  Supreme… Continue Reading
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