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Lerach retires; nearing a plea deal?



Law.com reports in its summary:

Renowned plaintiffs attorney William Lerach, lead partner at Lerach Coughlin, announced Tuesday he's stepping down from the firm he started when he split off the West Coast offices of what is now Milberg Weiss. Lerach said he's planning to take some time off. That could include going to prison, or at least the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lerach is said to be nearing a deal with federal prosecutors related to legally questionable payments Milberg Weiss made to its lead plaintiffs and a former expert witness.

The WSJ Law Blog similarly reports that "Lerach has not been charged, but he is in advanced talks with prosecutors on a plea deal that could be announced in September and involve serving prison time, according to two people familiar with the investigation." It also has Lerach's departure memo to colleagues at the law firm that will now be known as Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins. Earlier Point of Law coverage of Lerach is here.

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
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rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
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