This is a legal malpractice case. Plaintiffs (referred to as “the Judges”) claimed that they lost an underlying case (a Section 1983 action) because of the negligence of their attorney. The attorney, who was retained by an insurance company, moved to dismiss on the ground that the plaintiffs lacked standing. He argued that there was no attorney-client relationship, apparently because he was retained by the insurance company.
The trial court granted the motion, but the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed. It explained: