Court: lawyer may be sued for emotional pain

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a couple from Ecuador may sue an immigration lawyer for emotional distress for giving them bad advice. The advice caused the couple to be separated from children and grandchildren in Iowa for at least a decade.

The ruling Friday marks the first time an Iowa higher court allowed an attorney to be sued for emotional distress in a malpractice case.

The court says Klever Miranda and Nancy Campoverde may sue Des Moines attorney Michael Said (sigh-EED) for emotional damages from being separated long-term from their family.

In 2005 Said told the couple, who lived in the U.S. without documentation, they might become citizens if they returned to Ecuador and filed certain documents. Once there they learned immigration rules prohibited them from returning for 10 years.

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