INFIGHTING - Here at The Morning Minute, we love a good fee fight, and the plaintiffs lawyers involved in the transvaginal mesh litigation are not disappointing. Amanda Bronstad reports that lead plaintiffs’ lawyers, including Henry G. Garrard III of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley in Georgia, have fired back at four law firms objecting to their share of an estimated $550 million in fees, accusing the law firms of making false attacks and submitting bills “riddled with excessive entries, duplicative billing.” For a handy chart showing where all those fees are going, take a look here.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE - Some 26 lawyers representing defendants charged in the college admissions scandal are accusing prosecutors of using improper judge-shopping tactics. Jack Newsham reports the lawyers, who come from firms including Boies Schiller, Orrick, Ropes & Gray and Nixon Peabody, sent U.S. District Judge Patti Saris a letter saying they’re concerned that prosecutors are trying to subvert the random judge-assignment process known as the “wheel,” by adding defendants to a case in which a judge has already been assigned. Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney in Boston, signed the government’s response, calling the defense lawyers’ letter “procedurally inappropriate and disingenuous.”
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