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Friday, March 11, 2005

Suing Yourself.

"You finally did it to yourself."

--Steve Martin (as Neal Page) to John Candy (as Del Griffith) in "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (1987)

Well, one lawyer finally did it to himself. He sued himself (in a way).

Link here for the full story. In sum, the lawyer represented a woman when she purchased a home and when she refinanced. Both times she used Centerre Title--a company the lawyer owned. The lawyer suggested that she had a claim against the lender for illegally charging a "fax fee". The lawyer produced to her a retainer agreement for himself and other law firms to bring a lawsuit against the mortgage company. In the course of that lawsuit, the court ordered Centerre and the original lawyer to be named as third party defendants. Centerre collected the "fax fee" from her. (HT: S. Korris, The Madison Record, "Alton attorney accidentally sues himself", March 8, 2005.)