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Plaintiff law firms Labaton Sucharow and the Thornton Law Firm are again in the spotlight after a federal judge slashed their fees in a large class action and referred his opinion about the firms’ conduct to a disciplinary authority.

Thursday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf of the District of Massachusetts found that New York-based Labaton and Boston-based Thornton had engaged in “serious, repeated misconduct.” Wolf issued his decision after a special master’s investigation in 2018 confirmed  that they double-counted millions of dollars’ worth of time and hid a $4.1 million payment to a lawyer who did no work on the case.

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Jack Newsham

Jack Newsham writes about the New York legal community and the business of law, including law firm finance and management and the battle for talent. Email him at jnewsham@alm.com and find him on Twitter @thenewsham.

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