A dispute that began with the placement of beehives and evolved into an issue of legal malpractice has reached the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Justices listened to initial arguments in a final appeal Monday.
The case started in 2007 with a business lawsuit over the use and registration of private property for beehives. Three beekeepers shared lawyers. When the attorneys came up with a settlement, one of the beekeepers didn't agree to comply with it.
That beekeeper filed a legal malpractice suit against his original lawyers.
Those attorneys won the case in a Roberts County circuit court. One argues that this case indulges "buyer's remorse" after settlements.
The beekeeper's current attorney says it's not about do-overs, but about justice.
Both sides also debated the state's definition of good legal representation.
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