- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has refiled its bankruptcy malpractice lawsuit against law firm Paine Hamblen, which represented the diocese in priest abuse cases.

The lawsuit was originally filed in federal court in 2012, and dismissed on a technicality last spring.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the diocese accuses the Spokane law firm and two of its lawyers of mishandling its bankruptcy that took several years and $50 million to resolve.

Paine Hamblen managing partner Jane Brown says the firm provided excellent counsel and guided the diocese out of a crisis that included more than 180 claims of clergy sexually abusing children.

The case is now filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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