THIRD CIRCUIT APPLIES DISCOVERY RULE TO LEGAL MALPRACTICE CASES

N.J. Law Journal reports:

A lawyer’s assurances to his client that a hearing “went well” and there was “nothing to worry about” may act to toll a claim that the lawyer had botched the hearing by failing to call key witnesses, a federal appeals court says in an important ruling on the statute of limitations for legal malpractice claims. The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Knopick v. Connelly, held that the clock does not necessarily begin to run when the alleged malpractice occurs in the courtroom if the client can show that he was unaware until the judge ruled against him. The unanimous three-judge panel revived a suit against an attorney who told his client that it was too late to sue his divorce lawyers for their poor work on a hearing about $2 million in stock holdings.

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