Decisions on Efforts to Press Legal Malpractice Claims Against Class Counsel and the Scope of the Le
DRI’s blog includes this post by Shari Claire Lewis providing a concise summary of two recent appellate decisions involving attempted legal malpractice claims against class counsel by absent class members. One decision is by the New York Court of Appeals and one is from California’s intermediate appellate court. Both decisions protected class counsel.
The New York decision precluded discovery into class counsel’s files. This could be an important precedent so many collateral estoppel and class action cases are won or lost based on whether class counsel provided adequate representation for a group of claimants. The issues may be even more complex when global class actions are involved.