Firms at War Over $10 Million Contingent Fee in Patent Suit

, Texas Lawyer


The Matthews Firm has sued Laminack, Pirtle & Martines and two clients they jointly represented, alleging Laminack, Pirtle and the clients refused to recognize The Matthews Firm's interest in a contingent fee arising from a nearly $50 million judgment. Fred Hagans, who represents the plaintiff in The Matthews Firm v. Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, et al., says his client is entitled to about $10 million.

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  • GAT at BB/Dallas

    The timing of the suit may prejudice the client in the underlying case as well as the instant lawsuit against it in the event the underlying case is remanded for trial. If the client responds in the instant case and counterclaims for malpractice or excessive fees, such could cause a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and assist the opposing parties in the underlying case. Therefore, the timing of this seems ill-advised.

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