Monday, October 24, 2011

Trust Fund May Raise Immunity Defense

The Connecticut Appellate Court has held that a trial court improperly declined to consider the merits of a sovereign immunity defense by the executive director of the New York Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.

The pro se plaintiff sued in Connecticut Superior Court, claiming that the fund "mishandled its monetary award to [him] arising from the malfeasance of one or more of [defendant's] former attorney's and that the award was not sufficient given the amount of damages sustained by the plaintiff."

The court held that a factual inquiry into the jurisdictional question was necessary. (Mike Frisch)

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