Saturday, October 31, 2009
An attorney was retained by two clients to bring a class action against Equitable Life. The attorney associated with two other law firms--the O'Quinn firm in Houston and Milberg Weiss in New York. The claims were settled without the knowledge or consent of the clients. One client balked at the payout and pressed the lawyer for details without success. She hired new counsel and sued the lawyer for malpractice. She also filed a bar complaint.
The Louisiana Supreme Court imposed a three-year suspension, rejecting the attorney's claim to have been a passive observer of the settlement process. Two justices would disbar, one of whom quotes at length from that great American lawyer Abraham Lincoln. (Mike Frisch)