Los Angeles Appeals Court Gives Legal Malpractice Case a Second Chance

Law.com reports that a long-standing legal malpractice case against a Seattle-based law firm has been given a new lease on life by the California 2nd District Court of Appeals. The Los Angeles court came to the decision on April 22, 2009, reinstating a lawsuit against the law firm of Perkins Coie.

The legal malpractice lawsuit was originally filed in 2007 by In4Network, a Washington-based business services company. In4Network hired Perkins Coie as representation in a suit against the University of Southern California. According to the Law.com story, In4Network later sued the law firm for charging excessive fees and for legal malpractice in the USC case.

In 2007, the lawsuit was struck down for apparent discrepancies between two sets of complaints made against the law firm as part of the suit. On reexamining the complaints, the appeals judges ruled that the plaintiff’s explanation of the discrepancies was sufficient and allowed the lawsuit to be reinstated.

Legal representatives of Perkins Coie have stated their intention to challenge the decision. In4Network seeks over a million dollars in actual damages and punitive damages. Regardless of the outcome of this case, these events underline the protracted battle that awaits a plaintiff pursing a legal malpractice case.

A certain standard of care governs the attorney-client relationship. If you have questions about the standard care owed to legal clients or about legal malpractice, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas and discuss your concerns with an experienced Los Angeles legal malpractice lawyer.

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