Attorney Lawrence Mulligan and his wife were like family to Bruce and Pamela Jalbert of Southbury.
Over a 10-year period, the couples traveled together, dined together and often socialized at each other’s homes. So it was no surprise that Larry Mulligan would handle the Jalberts’ legal matters.
But while the Jalberts thought Mulligan was working diligently to represent them in a property dispute, he was actually ripping them off for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. To make matters worse, it has since been discovered that he wasn’t even doing any work on the case.
The Jalberts sued Mulligan and a Waterbury Superior Court judge recently ruled that the lawyer must pay the Jalberts $746,842. That money includes treble damages and interest on the $219,750 the Jalberts paid Mulligan for legal work pertaining to a property that the Jalberts purchased in 2004 for $295,000.
In issuing his written ruling, Judge Robert B. Shapiro used words like “immoral,” “unethical,” “oppressive” and “unscrupulous” to describe Mulligan’s actions.
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Judge Rules That ‘Unscrupulous’ Lawyer Must Pay For Ripping Off Friends