Appeal Nixed In Fee Fight Over $8M Medical Malpractice Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (March 1, 2017, 3:56 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Tuesday backed a trial court's finding that a 50 percent contingency fee agreement for two lawyers in a medical negligence case that settled for $8 million was invalid, ruling that evidence of fraud voided the contract.

A three-judge panel of the appellate court affirmed the Superior Court of Los Angeles County judgment that an amended client retainer was void and that lawyers Maryann Gallagher and Michael J. Piuze were entitled to only the original 40 percent contingency and were not allowed to collect statutory attorney fees.

"We affirm the judgment because there is substantial evidence that...

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