Legal Malpractice $5,508,000.00 Jury Verdict

Legal Malpractice, Verdicts and Settlements

After two years of contested litigation, Bland Richter obtained a jury verdict totaling $5,508,000 from a Richland County jury on all but one of the causes of action which were submitted to the jury for their consideration against the law firm of Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, LLP and some of its individual attorneys. The core issue of the litigation was whether our client, the Plaintiff, received an incorrect patent opinion from the Defendants, which he relied upon in conducting his business affairs after he left employment with his former employer and later caused him to be sued. The jury verdict is believed to be one of the top three legal malpractice jury verdicts in South Carolina history. Following post-trial motions, the verdict was reduced to approximately $4,900,000 before the matter was ultimately appealed by our clients and the defendants. ( Spring, 2006 )