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Calif. Ruling Starts Clock Early On Legal Malpractice Suits

Law360, New York (March 15, 2017, 7:47 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court's decision to toss a lawsuit against a Stockton firm for tardiness is fair warning to aggrieved clients that the clock can start ticking on filing a malpractice claim even before their lawyer finishes withdrawing from their case, experts say.

While professional liability lawyers often look to the date a court grants a would-be defendant's withdrawal from the case as the start of the statute of limitations, the Third Appellate District panel reasoned in a lawsuit brought by real estate developers against Neumiller & Beardslee that the one-year period should start running when the client knows the lawyer...

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