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Catholic church, law firm settle legal malpractice claim

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The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has settled a malpractice case. The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has settled a malpractice case.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has settled a malpractice case it filed against the law firm that handled its 2007 bankruptcy over priest sex abuse claims.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the church and the Paine Hamblen law firm settled Friday but did not disclose the terms.

Jane Brown, the managing partner of Paine Hamblen, says her firm is pleased with the outcome. Robert Gould, a lawyer hired by the diocese to pursue the malpractice case, declined comment.

The malpractice claim was set for a February trial, but both sides reached a settlement through a mediation effort.

The church had sought $3.6 million in legal fees from law firm, saying its lawyers underestimated how many victims would come forward with sex abuse claims after the bankruptcy was first resolved.

The law firm had disputed the claim.

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