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As former securities class action king Melvyn I. Weiss awaits sentencing for his role in the payment of kickbacks to named plaintiffs in shareholder suits, a conservative think tank is set to release a study purporting to show that the scheme injured shareholders.

The American Enterprise Institute Legal Center is releasing today an article by professor Michael Perino of St. John’s University School of Law that takes on the argument that the Milberg Weiss kickbacks constituted a victimless crime because the payments came out of legal fees awarded to the firm and named plaintiffs had incentive to maximize class recoveries.

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