A long-running legal malpractice action against Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn failed on its second trip up the appellate ladder: the Appellate Division said the plaintiff, himself a New Jersey lawyer, fell short in showing the firm acted improperly in accusing him of fraud in a letter to his professional negligence carrier.

The July 16 ruling stems from a representation undertaken by attorney William Buchanan more than 20 years ago.

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