BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A Delaware- and New York-based law firm is suing another New York law firm and one of its founding partners, over allegations they breached the contract between the two firms while they were working together on a case.
Rigrodsky & Long P.A. (R&L) filed a lawsuit May 5 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Abraham Fruchter & Twersky LLP (AF&T) and Mitchell M.Z. Twersky, alleging breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing and unjust enrichment.
The suit alleges the defendants, as lead counsel in the action titled In re Fuqi International Inc. Securities Litigation, failed to allocate work according to the terms of their agreement with R&L. The agreement allegedly provided for equal allocation of work between AF&T and the other plaintiffs' counsel, including R&L.
However, the complaint states, the defendants, without notice to the other plaintiffs' counsel, allocated a far greater portion of the work to AF&T, causing AF&T's lodestar to be much higher than that of the other counsel, including R&L.
R&L seek a jury trial, damages of more than $345,000, interest, attorney fees and nontaxable costs. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys Seth D. Rigrodsky and Timothy J. MacFall of Rigrodsky & Long in Garden City, New York.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Case number 2:16-CV-02257-SJF-AKT