Malpractice Rulings Extend NYC Lawyers' Ties To Old Clients

By Pete Brush (September 11, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT) -- New York City trial court and appellate rulings extending the clock on professional negligence claims against law firms that no longer directly represent those clients could boost malpractice risk and leave attorneys with tough choices over communicating on past matters, experts say.

Recently, New York City Judge Debra A. James refused to throw out a $12 million negligence suit against Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP over an allegedly useless agreement the firm drafted that plaintiff 180 Ludlow Development LLC claims cost it a chance to build a hotel.

Olshan is the latest firm to get caught up in what lawyers see as...

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