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A bankruptcy judge has approved a request by the trustee liquidating Bernard L. Madoff’s investment firm and his team of lawyers for roughly $15 million in interim counsel fees. At a hearing Thursday, David J. Sheehan of Baker & Hostetler, who is counsel for trustee Irving H. Picard, told Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge Burton R. Lifland that tracing the trail of money in the complex fraud required a full-service team of attorneys. Moreover, Sheehan said, the case has generated a “vast array of international litigation,” an onion that “has yet to be peeled to its core.”

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