Law Firm Can't Escape Dallas Jeweler's Extortion Suit

Law360, New York (April 27, 2017, 5:08 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday that a law firm cannot escape a Dallas jeweler’s suit alleging it participated in a plot to extort money from his business, finding that the company presented sufficient facts so far to move forward with ​claims ​that the firm was part of the scheme.

Mark Hammervold of Tennessee-based Hammervold PLC had sought to dismiss the federal racketeering and conspiracy claims brought against him and his firm by David Blank, owner of jewelery store The Diamond Doctor. Blank sued Hammervold in 2016, accusing him and his firm of conspiring with the firm Cummings Manookian PLC and...

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