A law firm has no vicarious liability for alleged malpractice for work done by a contract partner under a private arrangement with a client, a New Jersey appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The decision came in a 10-year-old suit seeking millions of dollars from Newark, N.J.’s Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross on account of alleged malpractice by former judge Andrew Napolitano, who was with the firm in 1997 and 1998.

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