Willkie Farr Skirts Suit Over $100M Extended Stay Penalty

Law360, New York (April 25, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT) -- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP on Thursday won its bid to toss a malpractice suit claiming that it exposed the former private equity owner of Extended Stay Inc. to a $100 million liability stemming from the hotel chain's bankruptcy.

Judge Melvin Schweitzer granted the law firm’s motion to dismiss, ruling that David Lichtenstein had not shown that Willkie Farr was negligent — a basic requirement for a malpractice claim to survive — and disagreeing with Lichtenstein's argument that he would not have faced liability if he...
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