Developer On Hook For $5.2M Despite Atty DQ, 8th Circ. Says

Law360 (March 22, 2019, 8:02 PM EDT) -- A law firm that previously represented a historic Iowa building’s owner should have been disqualified from representing a bank suing the developer over lease payments, but the owner still must face a $5.2 million judgment despite the conflict of interest, the Eighth Circuit ruled Thursday.

An Iowa federal judge should have disqualified Winthrop & Weinstine PA, counsel for Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Co., from the bank’s lawsuit against building owner Mako One Corp. for failing to make lease payments for the Badgerow Building in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, the three-judge panel said.

Mako, a former client of Winthrop, sought the...

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