Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reinstates Legal Malpractice Claim of Vessel Owner

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reversed a lower court ruling granting summary judgment to a law firm, saying the firm had failed to use all measures to combat an erroneous ruling by a French court. The firm, Dechart, had represented a seafood company, whose fishing boat was severely damaged, while undergoing repairs in Tahiti, which is a French protectorate. The French court had given the company an opportunity to submit additional evidence of its losses incurred, but the law firm failed to make the additional submissions, information which it had in its possession.
The lower court judge in the case had entered summary judgment for the law firm, finding that the error of the French court was a

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