Reed Smith Wants End To Pa. Mansion Fire Malpractice Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (February 16, 2016, 3:05 PM EST) -- Reed Smith LLP, having failed to secure arbitration for a former client's suit accusing it of botching an insurance settlement connected to a fire at a historic suburban Philadelphia mansion, asked a Pennsylvania state court judge last week to toss the suit.

In an answer to homeowner Jerold Batoff’s complaint, the firm argued that attorney Douglas Widin told him not to settle with insurer Chartis Property Casualty Co. as long as he was still in a dispute with the tenant of Bloomfield, a historic residence designed by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer.

At the time of the fire, according to the February...

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