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The huge law firm, Reed Smith, is facing suit over fees paid by one of its former not-for-profit clients. reports that the not-for-profit alleges that the high demands on partners to increase profits ultimately led to “excessive” fees in a routine employment discrimination case, originally quoted to be $50,000 but ballooned to reportedly more than $960,000.

Recent litigation brought by the foundation is proceeding on several grounds, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and legal negligence. In permitting the case to move forward the judge ruled that the client faithfully paying fees to the law firm did not mean that they could not later complain about their excessive nature. Good news for clients who pay their fees.

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That is the question in a recent lawsuit filed in Rockland County Supreme Court.

Most real estate attorneys would say that closing with out a certificate of occupancy on a newly constructed house is not a good idea, even a departure from accepted standards.

A certificate of occupancy is the legal notice by the municipality that the house is habitable and constructed in accordance with the building permit. Accordingly, when purchasing a residential piece of real property to be occupied as a dwelling, the attorney should recommend a certificate of occupancy. The failure to have a c/o means that occupancy of the premises “illegal,” and the failure to have that document means that any occupancy violates the law.

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