December 20th, 2011 |
Malpractice, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Sarasota, Florida – A six-member jury found in favor of Sarasota’s oldest law firm last week in a legal malpractice lawsuit with potentially millions of dollar stake.
The 86-year old law firm of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen faced legal malpractice charges brought by Marc and Teresa Basnight, who claimed negligent legal advice led to the purchase of a commercial property that was later foreclosed on, and ultimately caused them roughly $3 million in damages.
The jury rejected the arguments of the Basnight’s attorney, Andrew Seiden of Seiden, Alder & Matthewman P.A., after only 45-minutes of deliberations, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Wiliams Parker attorneys John Moore and Terri Costa were represented by Phelps Dunbar partners Jessica Alley and Larry Ingram.
Courtroom View Network recorded the full two-week trial, gavel-to-gavel, which is available here.
December 19th, 2011 |
Golden Temple, Unjust Enrichment
Portland, Oregon – An Oregon state court held yesterday that executives at the Golden Temple natural foods company unjustly enriched themselves at the expense of the Sikh religious community.
Judge Leslie Roberts of Multnomah County Circuit ruled Golden Temple CEO Kartar Sing Khalsa and other executives privately enriched themselves despite the company being held in trust for religious purposes. The plaintiffs, Sikh ministers, are now asking for $50 million in damages.
According to The Register-Guard’s coverage of the case, plaintiff’s attorney John McGrory of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP called Judge Robert’s decision a “complete victory.”
Briefs for monetary damages and other possible remedies are due to the court by Januray 1.
A lengthy trial took place this summer and a number of later motion hearings were covered by Courtroom View Network (CVN). Gavel-to-gavel video of the Golden Temple Proceedings are available at CVN.
The Sikh News Network, which reported on the trial via a CVN video feed, also provides in depth background on the case.
December 8th, 2011 |
Malpractice, Phelps Dunbar, Sarasota, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Sarasota, Florida – Partners from the prestigious law firm Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen are no strangers to Sarasota courtrooms, but in a legal malpractice trial that began this week they are not representing clients. They are the clients.
The firm, founded in 1925, is fighting a legal malpractice suit before Judge Charlie Roberts brought by Michael and Teresa Basnight, a local doctor and his wife alleging the 48-lawyer firm provided inadequate legal counsel leading to the purchase of an office building that was later foreclosed on. Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald Tribune provides a great summary of yesterday’s opening statements and more background on the complicated case.
Williams Parker obviously denies the charges, and it’s always fascinating when prominent members of the legal community look to find representation themselves. In this case, the Sarasota firm looked to the Tampa office of Phelps Dunbar, which with a 23-person professional liability practice group and offices across the southeast, certainly qualifies as a “big gun.” According to the Herald Tribune, Jessica Alley, a partner in the Tampa office, delivered opening statements.
The plaintiffs are represented by Andrew Seiden of Seiden, Alder & Matthewman, P.A., a 7-person firm which, founded in 1998, is slightly younger than the 86-year old pillar of the Sarasota legal community they’re taking on in Judge Robert’s courtroom.
CVN is webcasting the full two-week trial of Tibar v. Williams, gavel-to-gavel. With this many top-shelf lawyers squaring off in the courtroom, along with the financial stakes and seeing Sarasota’s oldest law firm on the stand, this should be anything but your average legal malpractice trial.
The case is Tibar LLC v. Williams Parker, Case No. 2008 CA 018070 NC in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.