The New Haven Independent reports that former Branford Corporate Counsel, The Marcus Law Firm, is being sued by the Town for legal malpractice.
…This lawsuit comes against a backdrop of an ongoing political fight between two Democratic factions in Branford;…
It is not every day that a law firm gets sued, especially when the moving party is a town. Ed Marcus issued a furious statement aimed at the town for filing the suit. Specifically he targeted the town’s first selectman, Democrat “Unk” DaRos … DaRos regained his job in a three-way race last year riding in part on anti-Marcus sentiment.
[Marcus'] close ally, former State Sen. Bruce Morris, is married to Cheryl Morris, the candidate who beat [Republican John Opie] in 2005 and then tapped Marcus to become Branford’s town counsel. (Morris was the person DaRos subsequently unseated in 2007.)
Following this? It took me a few reads.
Complicated, but there is a whole lot going on here.
Marcus is a serious and dangerous opponent. That is why I’m not going to say much that might be characterized as critical of him, for fear of being sued. I’m not kidding:
Marcus said that after he successfully defends this “political lawsuit,” he will “unfortunately for the town seek damages against the Town and other parties that may be appropriate, for defamation, slander and the increase that may occur in our professional liability insurance.” He has made similar threats in the past.
Feel that – this is the real deal.
The Independent piece includes:
…the Marcus lawsuit, … may well shine light on the inner workings of the lawyering [in the subject case]. This could be accomplished through the discovery process, as the town seeks documents, emails and other material to establish its case. But Marcus gave every indication he would fight such a move. “We are not going to be bullied or intimidated by DaRos and company and we will do whatever is necessary to protect our position in this matter.” [Emphasis added]
This may prove to be a rare opportunity for us average folks to learn how the game is played. We’ll be following it closely.
Source: New Haven Independent.