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Meehan v. Shaughnessy
Citation:535 N.E.2d 1255
Plaintiffs, Meehan and Boyle (both law firm partners at Parker Colter) decided to leave the firm to form their own partnership. They prepared a list of cases they would take with them upon their departure and slowly started to let those clients know they were leaving. A law firm partner on three occasions asked Meehan if he was planned to leave, and all three times Meehan denied it. Soon after Meehan and Boyle announced their departure. They took 142 cases from Parker Colter. Plaintiffs sued their former partners for outstanding payments they believed they were owed under the partnership agreement. Parker Colter counterclaimed alleging a breach of fiduciary duties by Plaintiffs. The district court found for the Plaintiffs. Defendants appealed.
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