The liquidation plan administrator for the Coudert Brothers estate is claiming that Baker & McKenzie has breached an agreement with the defunct law firm by failing to hand over a portion of a contingency fee earned from work for former Coudert clients.

By not handing over the fees, Baker & McKenzie breached an agreement signed with Coudert in 2005 that gave Coudert rights to part of the fee, according to an amended complaint filed last week in bankruptcy court by the administrator. Baker & McKenzie last year resolved a series of cases involving taxes on coal exports for clients brought to the firm by former Coudert attorneys.

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