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California Court of Appeals – Mediation Confidentiality Statute Precludes Client from Proving Malpractice Based Upon Attorney’s Conduct at Mediation

Client brought malpractice action against his attorney alleging the attorney negligently advised him to execute a settlement agreement that was not in his best interest. It was undisputed that any act or omission by the attorney that allegedly caused the client to execute the settlement agreement occurred during the mediation. California has a broad confidentiality […]

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Eastern District of Louisiana – Client of Law Firm Does Not Have Attorney-Client Relationship With Every Attorney in Firm

“It appears that Plaintiffs argue that Stolier was Matthews’s lawyer because Matthews was a client of Stolier’s law firm. Plaintiffs have not, however, cited any legal authority supporting their assertion that when a client retains an attorney in a firm an attorney-client relationship is formed with every single lawyer in the firm. The Court declines […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals – No Attorney-Client Relationship Between Law Clerk and Attorney who Advised Him Concerning His Divorce

A law student sought and obtained advice from a lawyer at the firm at which he was working concerning his ongoing divorce litigation. The law clerk subsequently brought a legal malpractice action against the attorney and the law firm. The court affirmed the dismissal of the legal malpractice claim, concluding there was no attorney-client relationship […]

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Six Sowell Gray Members Selected To 2015 Super Lawyers List

Super Lawyers Magazine recognized six members of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC for inclusion in its 2015 edition. This is the eighth consecutive year the six attorneys have been selected to the Super Lawyers list. For the third consecutive year, Betsy Gray is listed among South Carolina’s Top 10 business litigators. This is the […]

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New York Supreme Court – Plaintiff Cannot Plead Malpractice Claim as Fraud in Order to Circumvent Statute of Limitations

Plaintiff brought suit against a law firm for legal malpractice and included “allegations of defendants’ fraudulent conduct.” The legal malpractice claims were barred by the statute of limitations. The court held that the fraud claim, which was subject to a longer statute of limitations, were duplicative of the legal malpractice claim and could not be […]

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