When three partners at Georgia-based Hall Booth Smith & Slover left last year to set up their own medical malpractice shop — taking seven associates with them — founding partner John E. Hall Jr. told the Fulton County Daily Report that the defections did not harm his firm, “except that we hate that our friends will be practicing somewhere else.”

Now, almost one year to the day after Timothy H. Bendin, Roger S. Sumrall and B. David Ladner launched Bendin Sumrall & Ladner, a somewhat less rosy picture of the breakup is on display in a suit against the three principals filed on Hall Booth’s behalf in Fulton County Superior Court.

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