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Legal malpractice case gets transfer

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The Indiana Supreme Court announced today an addition to its June 16 transfers. The high court granted appellant Joseph J. Reiswerg's petition for transfer in Reiswerg and Cohen Garelick & Glazier v. Pam Statom, No. 49A02-0801-CV-49. The high court denied appellee Pam Statom's petition for transfer.

The Indiana Court of Appeals dismissed Reiswerg's appeal of the trial court entry of final judgment in Statom's legal malpractice suit. The claim stemmed from Reiswerg's representation of Statom in a medical malpractice suit against the Veterans Administration Hospital.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court order striking his motion for summary judgment but reversed the strike of the law firm's motion for summary judgment. It remanded for consideration of the law firm's motion for summary judgment.

The appellate court then issued an opinion on rehearing in March 2009, in which both Reiswerg and Statom filed petitions for rehearing. Reiswerg argued the court erred in dismissing his appeal; Statom believed the appellate court erred by reversing the trial court's order striking the law firm's motion for summary judgment. The Court of Appeals granted both petitions and affirmed its prior opinion in all respects.

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