Coughlin Stoia is trying to derail settlement talks in two cases involving allegations of stock option backdating, charging that defense attorneys clandestinely excluded the firm from agreements that would resolve its suits. Defendants' attorneys counter that Coughlin Stoia is pursuing such actions to obtain attorney fees, which would be nonexistent in the event of the settlements. While such jurisdictional assertions aren't unprecedented, Coughlin Stoia's approach is unusually aggressive, say attorneys.
Backdating Cases Trigger Feud Between Law Firms
The National Law Journal
October 6, 2008