Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Claims.
We obtained a dismissal in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in an extremely complex, multi-party legal malpractice action. The action arose out of two estate litigations filed in state court in which our client was the attorney for the decedent and the temporary administrator. The plaintiff, the nephew of the decedent, filed a breach of fiduciary duty claim against our client in the U.S. District Court. The probate cases went against the nephew. The accountings were all approved over the nephew’s exceptions, in which he did allege that our client breached a fiduciary duty in handling the estate administration in failing to preserve documents, failing to locate the will, selling assets in contravention of his fiduciary role, failing to investigate property in the Bahamas, failing to preserve assets, and obtaining orders from the probate judges through fraud and deception. In its lengthy opinion, the District Court granted the defense’s motion to dismiss all claims against our client.