Firm says ex-client cannot sue to recover punitive jury award

By Lauraann Wood (March 17, 2022, 6:03 p.m. EDT) – A law firm argued in the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday that defense attorneys would face excessive liability if the court allowed a former client to try to recover malpractice damages. punitive indemnity which he was ordered to pay in the context of a labor dispute.

During oral argument, Missouri-based Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC urged Illinois judges to rule that it would violate both state law and general public policy to allow the former Midwest Sanitary Service client to potentially recover malpractice damages related to a punitive award of $625,000. company in the underlying labor dispute.

Illinois law prevents plaintiffs from…

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