The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday tackled the issue of when a client can sue his or her lawyer for malpractice over a settlement that the client originally said was acceptable.

The case, Guido v. Duane Morris, A-31-09, has drawn widespread attention among the bar, since it goes to the heart of whether a settlement on the record is final and binding, or whether alleged incompetence of counsel can give a settling party an out.