Former Levinson Axelrod associate Edward Heyburn — who expected legal consequences for trashing the firm on the Web — got them Thursday as the firm went to court in an effort to shut down his gripe site, “Levinson Axelrod Sucks.”

The firm’s lawyer, Thomas Cafferty, filed an order to show cause with temporary restraints in New Jersey’s Middlesex County. But by the time the matter got before Superior Court Judge Frank Ciuffani that afternoon, Heyburn had removed the case to federal court in Trenton, N.J., and, as Ciuffani acknowledged from the bench, it was out of his hands.

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