Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A divided Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed yesterday that attorneys are absolutely immune from claims for fraud and IIED for conduct that occurred during litigation. The case involved a series of attorneys who allegedly concealed a client's large inheritance from her spouse and described her as financially strapped during divorce proceedings, costing the spouse approximately $400,000 in extra legal expenses. Although attorneys must be free to litigate their cases, this amount of protection seems excessive. Alex Long (Tennessee) has some guidance on how to handle this situation in this piece from last year.