Appellate Win for Law Firm Client in Malpractice Suit

In January 2012, a former entertainment client of a leading New York City law firm alleged malpractice against the firm and one of its lawyers in connection with rights to a popular song. Representing the law firm, Patterson Belknap moved to dismiss the plaintiff's claims on the grounds that the statute of limitations had run. The principal issues raised by the firm’s motion were which state's limitations periods applied and when the plaintiff's claims had accrued. Following the trial court's denial of this motion, the firm appealed. The appellate court reversed the trial court and dismissed the claims with prejudice. A New York Law Journal article on the case is available here, and the decision is available here.