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A trial judge has thrown out separate civil lawsuits brought against Los Angeles private investigator Anthony Pellicano and attorney Terry Christensen, who were convicted last year on federal anti-wiretapping charges. The actions, by two lawyers whose client was a target in the scheme, were among more than a dozen civil cases against Pellicano or Christensen. Federal prosecutors presented evidence that Christensen paid Pellicano to wiretap Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, the ex-wife of his client, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, in a child support case. Christensen was sentenced to three years in prison and Pellicano to 15 years. Christensen has appealed his conviction. Los Angeles County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman, who is overseeing most of the civil actions, granted a demurrer on Nov. 9 against Robert S. Rein and Jeff M. Sturman, both of whom sued Christensen; his former law firm, Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, based in Los Angeles; and Kirk Kerkorian. Rein, of Rein & Associates in Los Angeles, and Sturman, a lawyer at Kolodny & Anteau in Beverly Hills, Calif., represented Lisa Bonder Kerkorian in the child support case. Plaintiffs in such cases have two years to file a suit once “they have information of circumstances to put them on inquiry notice or if they have the opportunity to obtain knowledge from sources open to their investigation,” Lichtman wrote in his order. In these cases, he said, “each plaintiff alleges events in his complaint that are specifically described in the federal indictment of February 2006.” Sturman filed his suit on Jan. 15 and Rein on April 3. Patricia Glaser, a partner at Glaser Weil who represents her own law firm and Christensen in the civil suits, praised the ruling. “His own partner…filed two years ago,” she said, referring to Stephen Kolodny, name partner at Sturman’s firm. “Everybody knew.” Kolodny has filed his own civil suit, which is among those still pending. “Obviously, we think the judge was entirely correct,” said Seth M. Hufstedler, senior of counsel in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster, who represents Kerkorian. “And we’ll be making similar motions in connection with the other cases when the time is right.” Lichtman granted a similar demurrer against Leslie and Robert Lobel, friends of Lisa Bonder Kerkorian who sued the same defendants plus Pellicano. However, Lichtman gave the plaintiffs a chance to refile their claims following additional discovery. The Lobels filed their suit on April 3. Neville Johnson, a partner at Johnson & Johnson in Beverly Hills, Calif., who represents all four plaintiffs, did not return a call for comment.

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