A federal judge on Tuesday ordered lawyers who worked with Tom Girardi in the litigation over the Lion Air Flight 610 crash to provide records of a Girardi Keese client trust account in which $2 million in settlement funds went missing last year. He also ordered additional briefing on his authority to sanction all of them.
“I’m looking for money that went to the firm for purposes of salaries or outside expenses that would have been available had people come to me earlier for me to tell Mr. Girardi pay them up,” said U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois. The remarks came on the third day of an evidentiary hearing focused on uncovering why Girardi Keese, based in Los Angeles, and Chicago’s Edelson PC failed to alert him earlier that four of their Lion Air clients, and possibly five, hadn’t received their full settlements with Boeing.
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