Bloomberg Law
July 12, 2021, 7:08 PMUpdated: July 12, 2021, 8:50 PM

Katten Faces Malpractice Liability After Choice-of-Law Ruling (1)

Melissa Heelan
Melissa Heelan

Katten Muchin Rosenman could be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages after a California judge ruled that state’s law applies to a malpractice suit brought by the firm’s former client, consumer lender CashCall.

An earlier, “tentative” ruling finding that District of Columbia law applied to the case was incorrect, Judge William Claster of the Superior Court of California, Orange County, said July 9.

Claster’s order said he “failed to correctly analyze where the alleged wrongful conduct occurred,” which was in California.

Under D.C. law, contributory negligence applies in legal malpractice cases. This means that if CashCall contributed ...

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