July 19, 2007
No Privity But May Sue For Malpractice
The Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision today that "allowed surviving family members' malpractice suit to proceed against attorneys who had represented the deceased family matriarch [of a family owned newspaper] in a stock transfer before her death." The suing family members cannot establish privity required for standing to sue for legal malpractice but "may pursue malpractice claims based on allegations of bad faith or collusion by the attorneys in the matter." The decision, reversing and affirming in part the lower court, was unanimous.
The court's summary of the decision, with link to the opinion, is here. (Mike Frisch)
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