DLA Piper Shakes Malpractice Claim In Broke Hospital's Suit

Law360, Chicago (June 13, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT) -- An Indiana federal judge on Wednesday threw out legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims against DLA Piper in a suit over the firm’s role in a 2006 leveraged buyout that allegedly left Heartland Memorial Hospital LLC insolvent.

In a 30-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Theresa L. Springmann found that, on both counts, the defunct hospital’s liquidating trustee failed to state a claim. However, she granted the law firm’s motion to dismiss without prejudice, leaving the trustee 14 days to amend his complaint.

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