Milberg could agree to pay $75 million as soon as this week as part of an agreement to resolve criminal charges against the New York firm in the government’s kickback case, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Federal prosecutors have alleged that Milberg and seven of its partners conspired to obtain $251 million in attorney fees by paying kickbacks to lead plaintiffs in shareholder and class action lawsuits. Four partners have pleaded guilty, including co-founding partner Melvyn Weiss, who was sentenced this month to 30 months in prison, and William Lerach, who reported to prison last month. Lerach is serving a sentence of 24 months.
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