Bahamian corporation accuses law firm and partner of breach of contract
MIAMI — A Bahamian corporation is suing Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA and Robert B. Macaulay, law firm and partner, citing alleged legal malpractice, breach of contract and breach of duty.
Rural International Bank Limited filed a complaint on May 6, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division against the defendants alleging that they allegedly failed to provide general advice regarding U.S. legal matters.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it has incurred substantial expenses and attorneys’ fees in an attempt to collect the Key Financial debt from Geofinance totalling approximately $15 million, without success and suffered losses for paying all of defendants invoices for retainers in an amount of $1,010,000 without the detailed description of the services and costs covered by the invoice. The plaintiff holds Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA and Robert B. Macaulay responsible because the defendants allegedly charged plaintiff for work performed for the benefit of others, accepted an engagement for an adverse party, failed to advise plaintiff that they were only an indirect beneficiary of the services they provided.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for a disgorgement of fees totalling $1,010,000 or such amount as was used for the benefit of defendants other clients, plus interest, costs and for such other relief as the court may deem appropriate. It is represented by Warren R. Trazenfeld of Warren R. Trazenfeld PA in Miami.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-21624