Law Offices of Jerris Leonard, P.C. v. Mideast Systems, Ltd.
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
111 F.R.D. 359 (1986)
The United States Department of the Interior prevailed in a prior lawsuit with Mideast Systems, Ltd. and China Civil Construction (MS/CCC) (defendants), which were represented by the Law Offices of Jerris Leonard, P.C. (Leonard) (plaintiff). After MS/CCC failed to pay their legal fees, Leonard filed a fee action against them in federal district court. MS/CCC never appeared in the lawsuit, and default judgment was eventually entered against them. Almost a year later, MS/CCC filed a malpractice action against Leonard in a New York state court, based on settlement advice given by Leonard in the government litigation. Leonard responded by seeking a declaration in federal court that MS/CCC were barred from pursuing their malpractice claim, because it was a compulsory counterclaim that they had failed to raise in Leonard’s earlier fee action.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gasch, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.