Accountant Can't Nix Punitives From Atty's Malpractice Suit

A Pennsylvania state court judge on Friday ruled that an accountant accused by a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer of failing to notice as a paralegal embezzled more than half a million dollars must face punitive damages.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart denied Steven J. Comer and Associates' preliminary objections in a lawsuit brought by attorney Louis Jay Arnold. In a lawsuit in November, Arnold said that Comer’s lax record keeping and financial management left paralegal Lana Rutecki — who also served as the...

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