Wife's Citizenship Bars Jurisdiction In Malpractice Suit

By Cara Mannion (January 4, 2017, 6:16 PM EST) -- A foreign doctor and permanent U.S. resident who was deported after Margolis Law PC, its principal and another firm allegedly bungled the defense of a criminal case against him can't continue his legal malpractice suit in federal court because his wife, a co-plaintiff, is a U.S. citizen with Michigan residency, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The wife of Wessam Bou-Assaly, a green card holder who pled no contest in 2014 to a charge of attempted sexual misconduct, is a naturalized U.S. citizen and dual citizen of Lebanon, the judge said. This warrants state jurisdiction of the case because the wife and the parties...

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