Appeals Court OKs $20M Legal Malpractice Case; 'How Could They Have Gotten It So Wrong?' Says Atty
A class action plaintiff who filed a legal malpractice suit contending that a California law firm improperly took some $20 million from a $134 million settlement is back in the ball game.
The trial court erred in granting summary judgment to Girardi Keese, held the California Court of Appeal, Second District, even though the plaintiff didn’t lose the underlying case as a result of the law firm’s alleged misconduct and the statute of limitations had run on the underlying tort claim, reports Reuters.
“I’m frustrated,” says attorney Robert Finnerty, who represents the law firm, of the appellate panel’s decision (PDF) earlier this week. “How could they have gotten it so wrong?”