Does Attorney Immunity Shield Attorney Against Non-Client Negligent Misrepresentation Claims?

Doral Juvenile Group faced a lawsuit by Nicole and Cameron Hinson when their one-year-old child suffered injuries while seated in a forward-facing car seat allegedly designed, marketed and sold by Doral. Schiff Hardin, L.L.P, a law firm, represented Doral who was self-insured for up to $6 million. Doral carried a policy of excess insurance for liability from $6 million to $25 million with Ironshore Europe DAC. When a post-trial mediation settled the claims for an amount that reached Ironshore’s policy, the insurance group filed suit against Schiff Hardin alleging the attorneys negligently misrepresented the case to Ironshore. In an appeal by Schiff Hardin, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that  attorney immunity shields an attorney against claims of negligent misrepresentation brought by a non-client.