"Fraud on the Court" and the Threat of Treble Damages: The Rise of Judiciary Law § 487 Claims Against Attorneys

In 1999, United States District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts referred to New York’s Judiciary Law § 487, a punitive statute that allows an injured party to recover treble damages from an attorney who has engaged in willful misconduct, as “little known and seldom used.”¹ Until 2009, Judge Batts’ characterization... Read more →

Quick Tip - I Made a Mistake on a Case: What Lawyers Should Know About Reporting Claims

Nobody’s perfect – not even attorneys – and mistakes happen. Although it is never easy to admit a mistake, honesty really is the best policy when it comes to legal malpractice. First Steps Once you realize that you’ve made a mistake, your first step should be to notify the client.... Read more →

Quick Tip - Honesty is Best Policy: The Importance of Accurately Completing an LPL Application

When a law firm is renewing or replacing their current lawyers professional liability policy, there is sometimes a tendency to rush through the application without giving it much thought. But the accurate completion of your LPL application is extremely important for one simple reason: your policy could be cancelled for... Read more →