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FIFTH CIRCUIT RULES PLAINTIFF IN MISSISSIPPI LEGAL MALPRACTICE ACTION FAILED TO PROVE HER CASE WITHIN A CASE
In Kennedy v. Hall, No. 16-60569, 2017 WL 664041, at *1 (5th Cir. Feb. 17, 2017), the Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for a Mississippi attorney and his law firm in a legal malpractice action applying the “case-within-a-case” doctrine. Mississippi law requires the plaintiff in a malpractice action to prove by a preponderance of the evidence 1) the existence of a lawyer-client relationship, 2) negligence by the lawyer, 3) proximate cause, and 4) injury.



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IRS ISSUES GUIDANCE NOTICE CLASSIFYING SYNIDCATED CONSERVATION EASEMENT TRANSACTIONS AS “LISTED TRANSACTIONS”

On January 17, 2017, the IRS issued a Guidance Notice classifying syndicated conservation easement transactions as “Listed Transactions,” or presumed tax shelters.




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ALABAMA SUPREME COURT REVERSES SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR ATTORNEY IN LEGAL MALPRACTICE ACTION, FINDING A QUESTION OF FACT AS TO PLAINTIFF’S “CASE WITHIN A CASE”
In Bond v. McLaughlin, 2017 WL 728176, --- So.3d --- (Ala. 2017), the Alabama Supreme Court reversed summary judgment for an attorney in a legal malpractice action, finding a question of fact as to whether plaintiff could prove her “case within a case.” 



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