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Ex-Client Sues Law Firm, Says He Never Got $100K Settlement

Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:49 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A former client of a Pennsylvania law firm filed suit yesterday in Bucks County for malpractice, contending that his lawyer, Debbie Carlitz, didn't tell him about a $100,000 settlement in an auto accident case until months after the check was cashed by someone else.

Carlitz, 48, maintained a Feasterville office prior to her suspension from practice last year, after falling behind on the state's continuing legal education requirements, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Meanwhile, a trial is scheduled next week for a former longtime paralegal and office manager for Carlitz. Bonnie Sweeten, 38, was charged in May with identity theft and filing false reports after allegedly falsely claiming in a call to authorities that she and her daughter had been carjacked.

Authorities say Sweeten was never abducted and instead assumed a false identity to travel with her daughter to Disney World.

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