Law Firm Can't Dip Into Settlement For Fees, Pa. Court Says

Law360, New York (April 10, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday denied Siana Bellwoar & McAndrew LLP's bid to recover attorneys' fees from a settlement it negotiated for client Eagle Ice Associates Inc. in a malpractice suit alleging Eagle's former counsel Vaughan Duffy & Connors LLP mishandled an underlying contract dispute.

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed a Chester County court's denial of Siana's attempt to stake a claim on $117,512 of a $150,000 settlement it negotiated for Eagle Ice in 2007, saying Siana knew that Eagle Ice...
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