A plaintiff’s attempts to bring claims of breach of contract, malpractice and violations of the Consumer Protection Act against his former counsel were struck down by a state appeals court, which criticized his failure to provide a transcript from the trial court.

Judge John W. McClarty of the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued a written opinion on March 21 addressing the plaintiff, Tino C. Sutton’s claims that his former attorney, Charles P. Westmoreland of The Westmoreland Law Firm in Shelbyville, Tennessee, wrongly handled a $1,000 retainer payment, failed to pay filing fees for a counter-complaint, and failed to advise him of an erroneous judgment previously entered against him.

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