The D.C. Court of Appeals denied Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal‘s request for an en banc rehearing in its legal battle with former partner Douglas Rosenthal on Thursday, meaning the firm could now potentially owe more than $1 million in damages.

In January, a three-judge panel granted Rosenthal the option of a new trial to determine how much Sonnenschein owed him for the unpaid remainder of an employment contract covering the years 2005-2006. However, the court also offered Rosenthal the option of accepting an earlier jury award of $2.7 million for the contract, minus what he had already been paid those years by Sonnenschein and his current firm, Constantine Cannon.

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