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July 18, 2014

Schultze v. Chandler (2014) 765 F.3d 945

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Download Publication The Ninth Circuit holds the bankruptcy court has jurisdiction over a legal malpractice action against an attorney for an unsecured creditors’ committee, and the attorney did not owe a duty of care to individual committee members.  Plaintiffs Richard Schultze, Lorenze Zunino, Robert Bechetti, and Richard Questoni (Schultze) were investors in Colusa Mushroom, Inc., […]

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February 20, 2013

Gunn v. Minton (February 20, 2013) 2013 WL 610193, ___ U.S. ___

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Download Publication The U.S. Supreme Court holds a legal malpractice case that involved underlying patent issues does not invoke exclusive federal jurisdiction. Vernon Minton developed a computer program and telecommunications network to facilitate securities trading.  He leased the system to a securities brokerage, R.M. Stark & Company (“Stark”).  More than one year later he applied […]

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January 23, 2003

Dahl v. Rosenfeld (9th Cir. 2003) 316 F.3d 1074

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Download Publication The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit holds that when a legal malpractice claim requires a court to interpret a Collective Bargaining Agreement it is preempted by §301 of the Labor Management Relations Act. Dahl hired Rosenfeld to represent him in a Union grievance.  Rosenfeld was specifically charged with attempting […]

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April 24, 2001

Simon et al. v. Steverson, et al. 01 C.D.O.S. 3269

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Download Publication A New York based attorney licensed in California who negotiated contracts with California residents under California law has sufficient contacts with the state to invoke subject matter jurisdiction. In 1997 film producer Shawn Simons retained Mark Steverson of the New York firm Rudolph & Beer to negotiate agreements in connection with a planned […]

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February 5, 2001

Samuel Myers v. The Bennett Law Offices, et al. (9th Cir. 2001) 238 F.3d 1068

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Download Publication A Utah law firm that ordered a credit report on Nevada residents had sufficient contacts to warrant personal jurisdiction in Nevada Bennett Law Offices (“Bennett”) filed a lawsuit in state court against ARS, owned and operated by Timothy and Samuel Myers, (“Myers”) for unlawful debt collection practices.  In the course of the lawsuit, […]

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