Dentons Stuck With $32M Malpractice Verdict Over Verein DQ

By Andrew Strickler (April 28, 2022, 4:06 PM EDT) -- Dentons' bid to shed a $32 million malpractice verdict triggered by a disqualification and conflict between branches of the firm's "verein" structure failed Thursday at an Ohio appeals court.

Finding no error at the trial court and verdict for laser-inscribing company RevoLaze LLC, a former Dentons client, the three-judge panel said there was "overwhelming evidence" suggesting that Dentons operated "as a single firm" despite its verien structure.

A Dentons partner who had worked for RevoLaze in a patent case at the U.S. International Trade Commission involving The Gap Inc. had also foreseen a possible conflict via the firm's Canadian arm, which...

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