3rd Circ. Says Atty Isn't Liable For Husband's Malpractice

Law360 (August 21, 2019, 6:20 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey attorney can't be held responsible for the alleged malpractice of her lawyer husband who botched a wrongful termination suit because the client failed to establish that she relied on the couple's purported legal partnership when she retained the lawyer, the Third Circuit held Wednesday in a split decision.

The three-judge appellate panel affirmed the District of New Jersey's November 2017 determination that Bonnie Messler did not submit sufficient evidence to demonstrate that she had retained George Cotz because of his purported professional partnership with his wife, Lydia Cotz, according to the opinion.

Messler argued that because she signed...

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