Greenberg Traurig Ruling Will Boost Lawyer Deceit Claims

Law360, New York (April 1, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT) -- A hedge fund owner had six years — not three — to bring a deceit claim against Greenberg Traurig LLP and one of its well-known former attorneys over an allegedly bogus contract rider, New York's top court said Tuesday, a ruling experts say opens the way for more claims of courtroom trickery against lawyers.

The unanimous New York Court of Appeals reversed New York City's First Department and found that plaintiff James L. Melcher's claim against Greenberg Traurig and attorney Leslie D. Corwin, who recently jumped to Blank Rome LLP, flows from English common law.

In New York, common-law claims have...

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