Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Vague Allegations

Two plaintiffs who had retained a law firm filed a class action against the retained attorney, his firm and the firm's directors. The allegation was that the clients had been overbilled for legal services. The Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit affirmed the trial court finding that the charges were impermissibly vague as to the firm and the individual directors: "requiring the defendants to produce files, billing statements, and client contracts in these circumstances and for this type of broad allegation would essentially require those defendants to sustain the burder of disproving the case brought against them." Dismissal against the responsible lawyer was deemed premature. (Mike Frisch)

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