Just the fact that a partner had a long history of misconduct doesn't necessarily mean his firm knew about it, a New York court has found. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn found for a landlord-tenant firm, which sued Chicago Insurance Co. to compel it to provide a defense to malpractice claims arising from a partner's misdeeds. The insurer had refused on the grounds that the partner's knowledge of his misconduct should be imputed to the firm.
Personal Knowledge of Malpractice Can't Be Imputed to Firm
New York Law Journal
July 17, 2003