A Pennsylvania law firm that lost almost $200,000 to a scammer posing as a client cannot recover its lost money from the bank that was used in the transfer of funds, a federal judge has ruled.

In granting summary judgment to defendant Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh Jr. of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that Perlberger Law Associates had not advanced a theory of recovery that would allow it to claw back what it lost in the alleged scheme.