$4.2M Legal Malpractice Suit Not A Federal Issue, Judge Rules

Law360, Philadelphia (May 3, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday that the court lacked jurisdiction to make Westport Insurance Corp. pay a state resident $4.2 million stemming from a legal malpractice claim, concluding that it was purely a state law issue.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann emphasized that by remanding plaintiff Rox-Ann Reifer’s suit seeking declaratory judgment on the insurer’s obligations back to the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, he was following current trends in Pennsylvania jurisprudence.

In doing so, the judge cast aside a magistrate judge’s conclusion that...
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