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Successful Defense of Law Firm Against Legal Malpractice Cross Claims Emerging from Underlying Litigation.

We obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice action in Lancaster County. We represented a law firm in the defense of legal malpractice cross-claims arising during underlying litigation. The plaintiff, an environmental consulting company, sued landowners for allegedly withholding information relevant to the clean-up of gasoline spill(s) on the landowners’ property. The landowners sued their attorneys, our clients, claiming that any liability on their part was due to malpractice committed in negotiating the contract between the landowners and the consultant. We successfully argued on summary judgment that the consulting company knew or should have known the allegedly withheld information years earlier, based largely on testimony obtained during the plaintiff’s deposition. The court agreed, dismissing not only the legal malpractice claims due to lack of causation, but also the consulting company’s claims against its former clients on the basis of the statute of limitations.

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