Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed the dismissal of a civil action brought by an attorney against his former law partners.

The firm breakup took place in 1999. The suit alleged intentional interference with prospective contractual relations, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate opportunity doctrine.

Judgment for the defendants as a matter of law was entered after a seven day trial.

The court noted earlier related litigation and concluded:

In 2003 - ten years ago - the trial justice cautioned that "[i]t is now time for each of the unhappy former partners to put this matter aside * * * rather than participating in an endless maze of pro se litigation." (citation omitted) In 2010, this Court observed that it was "especially unfortunate that, despite the trial justice's admonition at an early stage, the instant litigation has been prolonged for an additional seven years." Now, fourteen years after the dissolution of the law firm and the filing of this complaint, we lay this case to rest.

(Mike Frisch)


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