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You'd Better Have A Real Expert If You're Making A Malpractice Claim In N.C. Business Court

The Business Court dismissed a legal malpractice claim right before Thanksgiving last week in Inland American Winston Hotels, Inc. v. Winston , 2010 NCBC 19 . Judge Tennille found Plaintiff's expert, a Duke Law School professor, to be incompetent to testify to the Defendant lawyer's alleged breach...

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Legal Malpractice, Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Allegations that a group of attorneys committed legal malpractice by failing to plead an experimental use defense in a patent infringement case do not constitute a "substantial" question of federal law, counsel for the attorneys told the U.S. Supreme Court...

In Reversal, Supreme Court Says State Courts Can Hear Patent Malpractice Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Supreme Court of Texas erred in finding that an inventor and patent owner's claim of legal malpractice against his former counsel was subject to exclusive federal jurisdiction, the U.S. Supreme Court held Feb. 20 ( Jerry W. Gunn, et al. v. Vernon F. Minton ,...

William A. Ruskin: How Environmental Lawyers Can Avoid Getting Sued For Legal Malpractice

By Wi lliam A. Ruskin No matter how conscientious, environmental lawyers, like other attorneys, are regularly sued for legal malpractice. It is not difficult to imagine some of the dicey situations where the environmental practitioner may fall prey to such claims: (1) a municipality sues...

Vandeventer Black LLP: Just Sign Here: Try To Get Contract Terms in Writing

By James W. Walker Have you ever performed work for a client without getting the client’s signature on a contract? If a problem later surfaced, could you enforce its terms? In many states, the answer is a resounding …maybe. Signed contracts are important because they establish with certainty...