Fred W. Nelson, etc., respondent, v Stanley Kalathara, defendant, Claude Simpson, appellant. (Index No. 3167/07)
2006-09551
SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND DEPARTMENT
2008 NY Slip Op 1313
February 13, 2008, Decided

Here, plaintiff is the guardian of an incapacitated seller of real property, and defendants were the attorneys for purchaser.

A commonly quoted statistic is that 95% of all cases are resolved prior to trial;  they are resolved through motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment and settlements.  The few cases that go on to trial generally, they calculate, go 50/50.  Here is a highly reported, big $ legal malpractice case which went to trial,

Legal malpractice is a wholly state cause of action, and might be brought in Federal District Court only if there is a basis for jurisdiction.  Diversity jurisdiction is the one most quickly thought of, but in certain circumstances federal question jurisdiction may also apply.  Questions of legal malpractice in a patent representation is one such

In Scher v. Mishkit  [NYLJ exerpt], Supreme Court, Suffolk County refused to allow this attorney to wifhdraw pursuant to CPLR 321.  This situation is more common than one might guess, especially in medical malpractice cases.  The case is brought, and prosecuted, with depositions, and medical record exchanges, and then placed on the calendar, without

It is an ethical  violation of 22 NYCRR 603.4[e][1][iv]  willfully to fail to satisfy a judgment arising out of one’s professional activities.  For the most part, these judgments arise from legal malpractice. Here  an attorney is suspended because of an unsatisfied judgment:

"Respondent’s failure to cooperate with the Committee’s investigation (22 NYCRR 603.4[e][1][i]) and her

So far the central question in this legal malpractice case is whether it is taking place in a judicial hellhole, and incidently, who gets to make that decision.

This is a legal malpractice case taking place in Madison County, Illinois.  Here is the story from the Madison St. Claire Record:

"Relics of Madison County’s