Monday, April 26, 2010

Plummer v. Day/Eisenberg (Cal. Ct. App. - April 26, 2010)

That's a neat trick.

Once a case settles, a check is made out to X, Y and Z. X and Z are law firms, but Z is former counsel. There's a dispute about fee allocation, and Z won't sign the settlement check unless Z gets paid what Z says Z's owed.

So X signs the check, and transmits it to Z to cash, and instead of just one person signing on behalf of X, one person from X signs legibly and another person from X signs in a scrawl. That way, when Z signs, it looks like there are three signatures -- of X, Y and Z -- even though Y never signed.

Still, I like the creativity!