DLA Piper plans to appeal a $1.29 million verdict against the firm now that 345th District Judge Stephen Yelenosky has denied its Motion for JNOV, New Trial, and, Alternatively, for Suggestion of Remittitur.
In its April 27 motion, DLA Piper alleged, among other things, that expert testimony at trial for the plaintiff about attorney disciplinary rules “fatally prejudiced the jury verdict.”
A Travis County jury in the 345th District Court returned the verdict on Feb. 23 after finding, among other things, that the firm was negligent in failing to advise Linegar, an Australian businessman, that it didn’t represent him in a transaction in which he loaned money to an Austin-based company, IdentiPHI Inc. Linegar was a major shareholder in IdentiPHI.
DLA Piper’s lawyer, Fields Alexander, a partner in Beck, Redden & Secrest in Houston, says, “We don’t comment on pending matters.”
Linegar’s Austin lawyers, Jeffrey Taylor of The Akin Law Firm and Don Taylor of Taylor Dunham, each did not return a telephone call seeking comment before presstime.
-- Angela Morris