Stradley Ronon Can't Preempt Sovereign's Malpractice Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (January 18, 2013, 5:27 PM ET) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday rejected Philadelphia firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP’s attempt to hold off Sovereign Bank NA's malpractice claims stemming from the bankruptcy of a mortgage services company, concluding the controversy belongs in state court.

U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky agreed with Sovereign’s argument that the Declaratory Judgment Act should not be used in order to avoid a legal malpractice suit in state court. As a consequence, the judge declined to exercise jurisdiction over the case.

“The dispute between Sovereign and...
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