Nebraska High Court Sides With Los Angeles Lawyer in Fee Dispute

June 12, 2014

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a jury decision against a Lincoln law firm that was seeking a bigger share of fees paid a California lawyer.

Former Lincoln lawyer Dan McCord argued in his lawsuit that he should have been paid $562,500 more than the $2.25 million he was paid. McCord said he was supposed to receive 25 percent of the fee paid to Michael Piuze, of Los Angeles. The two represented Penny Shipler, who was partially paralyzed after a 1997 Lincoln accident. Shipler eventually settled her safety issues lawsuit against General Motors for $22.5 million.

In July 2012 a jury sided with Piuze. McCord appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court.

The Lincoln Journal Star says the high court ruled against McCord last week, saying his arguments were meritless.

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