New York’s Appellate Division, 1st Department, has thrown out a defamation action filed by one Manhattan attorney against another that had charged the defendant pursued a sham malpractice suit against the plaintiff solely to gain the privilege against libel for statements made in the course of legal proceedings.

Defendant Thomas E. Engel filed the underlying malpractice claim against plaintiff Michael A. Lacher on behalf of Parametric Capital Management and its chief executive, Erik Postnieks, in July 2003. That suit charged among other things that Lacher had padded his bills and surfed dating and gambling Web sites during the 18-month period in which he billed Parametric more than $3 million for his work in an arbitration proceeding.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]