By Sarah Schillaci | The Star Ledger

May 16, 2010

CHATHAM — The School District of the Chathams is suing its former attorneys for malpractice, alleging the firm cost the schools in excess of $1.5 million when it mishandled a 2005 dispute with a contractor.

According to a lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Morris County, Attorney Nuris E. Portuondo with the Morristown-based law firm of Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein, Celso & Zitomer failed to file documents on time that would have tipped the lawsuit in the district’s favor.

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