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Campbell v. Bozeman Investors of Duluth

290 Mont. 374 (1998)

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Campbell v. Bozeman Investors of Duluth

Montana Supreme Court

290 Mont. 374 (1998)

Facts

Jeannie Campbell was in an automobile accident and agreed to a contingency-fee contract with attorneys Channing Hartelius and Gregory Morgan for representation in a personal-injury suit. Over a year later, Campbell fired Hartelius and Morgan. Campbell then hired another attorney, who settled the case. Hartelius and Morgan sought payment and damages for breach of contract. The trial court held that Campbell had the right to fire Hartelius and Morgan and therefore did not breach the contingency-fee agreement. The trial court also held Campbell liable for payment of the reasonable value of the services that Hartelius and Morgan substantially performed, $6,600 and $2,200 respectively. Campbell appealed, and Hartelius and Morgan cross-appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Nelson, J.)

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