A High-Profile Legal Malpractice Trial in Portland, Oregon
The Portland Press Herald reported today, article here, about a major legal malpractice trial that is going on in the U.S. District Court in Portland against Thomas Sobol, a leading specialist in class action litigation. During the trial, well known attorney Jan Schlichtmann (who was portrayed by John Travolta in the 1999 movie "A Civil Action"), a former friend and colleague of Sobols testified on behalf of the plaintiffs, three small water bottle companies that had hired him and Sobol to represent them in litigation against Poland Spring. According to the article,
[t]he trial…will hinge on questions of a lawyer's responsibilities when representing more than one client. The testimony will shed light on the high-stakes world of national class-action litigation, in which millions are made and lost.