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Cruise line to seek fees in attorney scandal



Following up on the story noted here and here: "Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is suing attorney Jay Wingate to recover about $1 million in attorney fees, alleging his firm used misrepresentation to settle 23 worker-injury cases with the cruise line. ... Former Royal Caribbean claims supervisor Wanda Ballestas acknowledged in an affidavit that she accepted a series of $500 payments for the company's confidential settlement projections and a $2,000 Christmas bonus. She admitted passing information on 20 plaintiffs to Wingate paralegal Maria Elena Parilla and investigator Nelson Ayala." Wingate, who's announced that he is withdrawing from the cases and going into semi-retirement, is also unrelatedly being sued by the widow of a deceased attorney whose cruise-litigation practice he took over. [South Florida Daily Business Review]

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