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District Court Dismisses Insurance Company’s Legal Malpractice Case Against Defense Counsel

WEST BEND MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY v. RODDY, LEAHY, GUILL & ZIMA, LTD., Dist. Court, ND Illinois 2013 – Google Scholar.

This is an unpublished decision concerning an allegation of legal malpractice in a workers’ compensation case. The plaintiff is the insurance company. The defendants are the lawyers it hired to defend a workers’ compensation case. The court dismissed the complaint, with leave to file an amended complaint. The district court reasoned that the complaint did not state a plausible claim for relief, in that the complaint did not allege specific facts showing a negligent act by the lawyers. Instead, according to the Court, the complaint was couched in broad, general terms.