Pa. Appeals Court Revives Duane Morris Malpractice Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (November 21, 2012, 3:51 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Superior Court has revived a $2.5 million malpractice case against Duane Morris LLP after ruling that plaintiffs are entitled to pursue damages against the firm for breach of contract because legal precedent limiting such malpractice claims does not apply to civil suits.

The Superior Court, upending a decision by a Philadelphia County judge, ruled on Nov. 13 that a 1993 Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion placing limits on damages arising from breach of contract claims in malpractice cases applied only to criminal cases and not to civil suits like the one leveled at Duane Morris.

"We conclude that the limitation...

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