A lawyer’s unauthorized use of a firm’s logo on business cards, a retainer agreement and office signage does not extend the attorney-client relationship to the firm in a legal malpractice suit, a New York judge has ruled.

Plaintiff Angela Jones sued lawyer Walter Lawrence Lopez for damages after he failed to timely commence a personal injury suit on her behalf. She also sued the once-ubiquitous personal injury firm of Jacoby & Myers, whose number she looked up and was trying to reach when she was directed to Lopez in 1999.

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