Doggett v. Deauville Corporation, No. 11231.

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
Writing for the CourtSIBLEY, WALLER, and LEE, Circuit
Citation148 F.2d 881
PartiesDOGGETT v. DEAUVILLE CORPORATION et al.
Decision Date17 May 1945
Docket NumberNo. 11231.

148 F.2d 881 (1945)

DOGGETT
v.
DEAUVILLE CORPORATION et al.

No. 11231.

Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

April 17, 1945.

Rehearing Denied May 17, 1945.


Sydney L. Weintraub, of Miami, Fla., and John L. Doggett, of Jacksonville, Fla., for appellant.

L. L. Robinson, Robert C. Lane, and John H. Mercer, all of Miami, Fla., for appellees.

Before SIBLEY, WALLER, and LEE, Circuit Judges.

SIBLEY, Circuit Judge.

The appellant John L. Doggett was the attorney of record for Deauville Corporation in bringing a complaint in the District Court against Garden Suburbs Golf and Country Clubs, Inc., and Bernarr MacFadden, verified by its president. About five months later Deauville Corporation by its president filed a petition in the cause for an order substituting another as attorney of record in the place of Doggett, alleging as the reason that Doggett had been employed by the president and his wife (who

148 F.2d 882
was secretary of the corporation) in their individual capacities under a written contract, which was exhibited, by which for stated fees he was to take charge of all their legal matters for a year, with agreed additional fees in case of litigation; and especially of a then pending controversy and litigation by Deauville Corporation against Garden Suburbs Golf and Country Club and Bernarr MacFadden, for certain additional fees contingent on success. That litigation was in a court of Florida, and a month later this complaint was filed in the District Court covering the same controversy. The motion alleged that the employment of Doggett had been terminated by his clients and that Doggett had sued them personally for a large amount for attorney's fees, and other named counsel had been employed in this case. Doggett answered the petition by setting forth that he had done a large amount of work about the litigation for Deauville Corporation, and had an amicable settlement under way, when without just cause his services were terminated by his individual clients. He prayed that a substitution of counsel be not ordered unless and until a fair and reasonable compensation be fixed by the court and paid him by his individual clients, naming them. The Deauville Corporation filed a lengthy reply, denying the answer and asserting other misconduct of Doggett. Doggett then pleaded further that he had dismissed his suit against his individual clients, leaving this case as the only one pending for payment of fees. He denied all the misconduct alleged against him, and alleged a personal antipathy which the president had conceived for him to be the cause of his dismissal

The district judge, after argument, held that although Doggett's contract of employment was with individuals and not with the Deauville Corporation, the complaint, to which the president had sworn had evidently been filed pursuant to the employment, and Doggett had a standing to resist the substitution, and that the court should determine whether the termination of the employment was for good cause. After hearing evidence the court determined that there was no professional misconduct on the part of Doggett but there was such discord between him and his...

To continue reading

Request your trial
32 practice notes
  • F. PALICIO y COMPANIA, SA v. Brush, No. 61 Civ. 2299.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • September 21, 1966
    ...of the client who may dismiss his attorney at any time, with or without cause, and retain a new one. E. g., Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5 Cir. 1945); Gangewere v. Bernstein, 199 F. Supp. 38 However, the issue in the case at bar is somewhat different. Here there is no question ......
  • State of Iowa v. Union Asphalt & Roadoils, Inc., Civ. No. 7-1932-C-2.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. United States State District Court of Southern District of Iowa
    • March 14, 1968
    ...& E. Co., 245 F.2d 613 (8 Cir.). See also National Equipment Rental, Ltd. v. Mercury Typesetting Co., supra; Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5 Cir.); Woodbury v. Andrew Jergens Co., supra; The Flush, 277 F. 25 (2 Cir.); Kotsifakis v. A. Lusi, Ltd., 138 F.Supp. 945 (D.Va.). In John......
  • Appeal of Goodfader, No. 4143
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Hawai'i
    • November 3, 1961
    ...76 P. 783; Anglo-Californian Bank v. Superior Court, 153 Cal. 753, 96 P. 803; Keating v. Keating, 43 Haw. 51; Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5th Cir.); Mitchell v. Lay, 48 F.2d 79 (9th Cir.). Had deponent not sought an evaluation of the importance of the information demanded of h......
  • Fuston, Petway & French, LLP v. Water Works Bd. of Birmingham, 1180875
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • June 30, 2021
    ...limited and a lawyer is dischargeable by the client as a matter of right and without cause or justification. Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5th Cir. (Ala.) 1945); Gaines, Gaines, & Gaines, P.C. v. Hare,Page 26 Wynn, Newell, & Newton, 554 So. 2d 445 (Ala. Civ. App. 1989)."See also......
  • Request a trial to view additional results
32 cases
  • F. PALICIO y COMPANIA, SA v. Brush, No. 61 Civ. 2299.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • September 21, 1966
    ...of the client who may dismiss his attorney at any time, with or without cause, and retain a new one. E. g., Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5 Cir. 1945); Gangewere v. Bernstein, 199 F. Supp. 38 However, the issue in the case at bar is somewhat different. Here there is no question ......
  • State of Iowa v. Union Asphalt & Roadoils, Inc., Civ. No. 7-1932-C-2.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. United States State District Court of Southern District of Iowa
    • March 14, 1968
    ...E. Co., 245 F.2d 613 (8 Cir.). See also National Equipment Rental, Ltd. v. Mercury Typesetting Co., supra; Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5 Cir.); Woodbury v. Andrew Jergens Co., supra; The Flush, 277 F. 25 (2 Cir.); Kotsifakis v. A. Lusi, Ltd., 138 F.Supp. 945 (D.Va.). In John G......
  • Appeal of Goodfader, No. 4143
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Hawai'i
    • November 3, 1961
    ...76 P. 783; Anglo-Californian Bank v. Superior Court, 153 Cal. 753, 96 P. 803; Keating v. Keating, 43 Haw. 51; Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5th Cir.); Mitchell v. Lay, 48 F.2d 79 (9th Cir.). Had deponent not sought an evaluation of the importance of the information demanded of h......
  • Fuston, Petway & French, LLP v. Water Works Bd. of Birmingham, 1180875
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • June 30, 2021
    ...limited and a lawyer is dischargeable by the client as a matter of right and without cause or justification. Doggett v. Deauville Corp., 148 F.2d 881 (5th Cir. (Ala.) 1945); Gaines, Gaines, & Gaines, P.C. v. Hare,Page 26 Wynn, Newell, & Newton, 554 So. 2d 445 (Ala. Civ. App. 1989).&......
  • Request a trial to view additional results

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT