PVC pipe giant JM Eagle is making headlines -- and once again the story is related to the whistle-blower lawsuit over the quality of its pipe. In a case that's already seen more than its share of odd twists, this one is still unexpected: JM Eagle is suing a law firm that it hired to defend the case. According to a news story by Vanessa O'Connell from The Wall Street Journal, and a related blog post from her Law Blog, JM Eagle hired McDermott Will & Emery five years ago. But now JM has filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against the firm, blaming it for, among other things, turning over "about 3,900 privileged or irrelevant documents" to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles, "which in turn provided the materials to plaintiffs who refuse to return them." According to O'Connell, this is a case that will spotlight "the legal industry's widespread use of itinerant 'contract' attorneys who review documents for lower hourly wages." You'll recall that when the whistle-blower suit was first filed against JM Eagle, it generated a big business page report in The New York Times -- and a front page story in Plastics News.
JM Eagle lawsuit back in the news
Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you'd like to share with our readers? Plastics News would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor at [email protected]