Roesch Ford sues ex-lawyers, says offered bad advice on pension payments, owe $100K

By Bree Gonzales | Sep 6, 2018

CHICAGO —  Clients are suing several Chicago attorneys and law firms, seeking more than $100,000 in damages for alleged breach of duty.

Dan Roesch, the 1996 Edward J. Burke Family Limited Partnership and BCR Automotive Group, which does business as Roesch Ford, filed a complaint on July 30 in Cook County Circuit Court against James Hendricks, Ford & Harrison, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, and Litchfield Cavo.

The defendants are accused of failing to explain the law to their clients sufficiently to enable them to make informed decisions about their interests.

The plaintiffs allege that from 2011-2017, the plaintiffs were "advised that the unfunded pension withdrawal liability could be assumed by BCR Automotive Group, but would be eliminated and would not have to be paid to the pension fund and welfare benefit fund" of a union bargaining unit representing Roesch employees.

 Plaintiffs did not know how much they had been harmed until the union billed them for this amount in 2017. They demanded that Hendricks reimburse plaintiffs for this liability and related expenses.

Hendricks and the other defendants did not respond to the demand, the suit says. The plaintiffs hold James Hendricks, Ford & Harrison, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, and Litchfield Cavo responsible because the defendants allegedly breached the standard of due professional care and exposed the plaintiffs to a risk of loss.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages greater than $100,000, for the costs and fees incurred in this action and other relief. They are represented by Robert J. Slobig of Torshen, Slobig & Axel Ltd. in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2018L008068 

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Circuit Court of Cook County Ford & Harrison LLP Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith Litchfield Cavo LLP Torshen, Slobig & Axel Ltd

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