Richter v. Van Amberg

97 F. Supp. 2d 1255 (2000)

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Richter v. Van Amberg

United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
97 F. Supp. 2d 1255 (2000)

SC

Facts

Michael Richter (plaintiff) and Stephen Gibbens formed the partnership Santa Fe Partners II (Santa Fe). Gibbens was Santa Fe’s managing partner. Under the partnership agreement, Gibbens had the sole authority to bind the partnership; he did not need Richter’s approval. Ronald Van Amberg (defendant) represented Santa Fe as the partnership’s attorney. Richter believed that Van Amberg’s representation of Santa Fe was contrary to Richter’s interests. Specifically, Richter claimed that Van Amberg failed to disclose certain information about a partnership land deal and also failed to disclose the fact that Gibbens had told Van Amberg privately that Gibbens planned to dissolve the partnership. Richter sued Van Amberg for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty for failure to make these disclosures to Richter.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kelly Jr., J.)

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