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Greenwich Couple Wins Malpractice Verdict Against Lawyer

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Greenwich couple won a $620,817 malpractice verdict against their former lawyer, according to an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune .

Elizabeth and Gerald Baruno sued John Slane of Greenwich law firm Heagney, Lennon and Slane whom they consulted when the Baruno's neighbor decided to construct a driveway.

Judge William Mottolese ruled that Slane violated the standard of care because he did not examine maps and deeds that were recorded on the land records, and that it took months before he realized his client had a cause of action that a neighbor violated a restrictive covenant, according to the article.

The judge awarded $250,000 for loss of property value from excess surface water, $120,000 for remediation, $2,397 for engineering, $238,034 for attorneys' fees to the law firm of Gilbride, Tusa, which represented the Barunos in the malpractice suit, and $10,386 for reimbursement of fees paid to Slane and his law firm, according to the article.

According to a statement in the Connecticut Law Tribune article, Slane is filing an appeal.

Read the full Connecticut Law Tribune article here .

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