Pro se litigants are not entitled to greater rights than those with lawyers, a New Jersey appeals court said this week in affirming dismissal of a legal malpractice case under the state's entire controversy doctrine. The judges found that the claims raised in the instant case by the plaintiff -- who sued his lawyer three times, two of them pro se in a small claims action and probate action -- "were well within the penumbra of the factual matrix that was litigated to a conclusion" in a probate case in 2006.
Legal Malpractice Suit Dismissed Under N.J. Entire Controversy Doctrine
New Jersey Law Journal
November 4, 2009