Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Untimely Malpractice Suit Dismissed

The Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed a trial court order dismissing a legal malpractice case on statute of limitations grounds. The attorney had been admitted pro hac vice in Connecticut to handle the client's criminal defense. The court here held that the statute began to run at the time of sentencing and the malpractice case had been initiated more than three year after that date. A concurring opinion notes that local counsel did not appear with the sued attorney at the sentencing but would find that the criminal defendant could not establish that the absence of local counsel was the proximate cause of any damages. (Mike Frisch)

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