Louisville Courier Journal Reports on copycat lawsuit – New Trend in Class Action Law….Clients settle, get their money, then sue their lawyer.

Louisville Courier Journal Reports on copycat lawsuit  - New Trend in Class Action Law….Clients settle, get their money, then sue their lawyer.

 

July 19, 2011

 

Ann Oldfather  has filed an Angela Ford type lawsuit against  successful class action lawyers who settled a case in behalf of 500 Louisville Firemen.   The firefighters  took their money but now have decided to sue their attorneys on theory if the case had gone to trial they might have gotten more. 

This a new trend…if your lawyer is successful,  you can settle, get your money, and then sue to get back the fee you paid your attorney.

This practice will in our opinion,  lead to the end of class action lawsuits.

The next  step in these Angela Ford type lawsuits  is to blame the trial Judge of complicity….That sure worked well for Angela Ford.   She reported to the Federal Court who recently ordered an accounting from Ford that she has paid herself $13 million dollars in attorney fees.  

We suspect  that someone may want to examine the solicitation method of how  Ann Oldfather  recruited her clients in this case.  

We make no charges against Ann Oldfather, a respected attorney,  but  this question has been raised in the Angela Ford lawsuit  against the Fen Phen lawyers. 

Since  Oldfather,  like Angela Ford, has recruited hundreds of clients.  The question should be examined as to how they got all those clients to agree to sue their original attorneys.

The KBA Bar Counsel  has had transcripts alleging improper solicitation of clients by Angela Ford since 2005.  (See transcripts of the Judicial Conduct Commission turned over to the KBA in 2005.)

The Supreme Court Rules /Code of Professional Conduct says that if an attorney has improperly solicited a client, they must forfeit their legal fees.  So far that rule is being publically ignored by the Bar Counsel.  

The KBA has publically made no statements about any action against Angela Ford over the allegations that she improperly solicited her clients.   

We find it strange that  clients can agree in writing to accept a settlement  then turn around and sure their attorney.

 

See the Louisville Courier-Journal   Article:

Jul 19, 2011 | By Jessie Halladay … going forward in court. “These clients were never able to make an informed decision,” said Ann Oldfather, who filed the lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court Friday on behalf of 486 …

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