A reader wrote to me with the following hypothetical:
Can the usual one-year statue of limitations for legal malpractice (Code of Civil Procedure section 340.6) be elongated to four years if it is pleaded under section 17200?
My answer would be yes. It seems to me that legal malpractice could be pleaded as an "unlawful" prong claim based on the violation of the common-law rule against attorney negligence or perhaps based on violation of the Business & Professions Code provisions governing attorney conduct (e.g., section 6068). However, the remedies for the additional period would be limited to restitution and injunctive relief, so it might not be of much use except perhaps to recover the fees that the client paid to the attorney. Other ideas? Please post them in the comments.