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Lee v. Hanley, S220775

In a case to determine whether an attorney's refusal to return a former client's money after the client terminated the representation was "a wrongful act or omission . . . arising in the performance of professional services" under Code of Civil Procedure section 340.6(a), the Court of Appeals' decision, which reversed the trial court's sustainment of defendant's demurrer, is affirmed where the complaint can be construed to allege a claim for conversion whose ultimate proof at trial may not depend on the assertion that defendant violated a professional obligation, and thus at least one of plaintiff's claims is not time-barred.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/20/2015
  • Published 08/20/2015


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  • Supreme Court of California