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John McCann filed his nominating petitions at the state Division of Elections office in Trenton on April 2, 2018.

Lonegan slams McCann on malpractice lawsuit

Finds details ‘deeply troubling and disturbing’

By David Wildstein, April 19 2018 10:18 am

A malpractice lawsuit filed against Republican congressional candidate John McCann is emerging as an issue in the 5th district primary to run against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).

Former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan, who is running against McCann, says he finds the details of the lawsuit “deeply troubling and disturbing.”

According to court documents supplied by the Lonegan campaign, McCann lost a lawsuit filed by a former client, Gail Lindsley, who accused him of failing to provide her with adequate legal representation involving the sale of her family home and another property.

The case resulted in McCann paying out over $92,000 in damages, according to the Lonegan campaign.

“The circumstances of this case are deeply troubling and disturbing. John McCann got his pants sued off because he apparently bungled a simple real estate transaction on behalf of Ms. Lindsley,” said Lonegan. “And when she needed his help the most, he told her he couldn’t represent her any longer because he was then representing the man who apparently tried to swindle her – and who had recommended she hire McCann as her attorney in the first place.”

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