Letourneau v. Hickey
In Letourneau v. Hickey, Vt. 807 A.2d 466 (2002), the plaintiffs failed to file a responsive pleading on a collection action brought by their attorney for unpaid legal fees, and suffered a default judgment. Id.
Twenty-one months later, the plaintiffs brought a malpractice suit against their attorney. Id.
The Court held that, under those circumstances, the default judgment in the previous action barred their malpractice claim under res judicata. Id. We also declined to follow the reporter's note to the extent that it was inconsistent with that holding. Id.