A Manhattan attorney who secured an $18.3 million verdict in a case stemming from the 2003 Staten Island Ferry disaster is entitled to the full one-third fee called for in his retainer agreement, a federal judge has ruled.

The decision, by Eastern District of New York Judge Jack B. Weinstein, marks the latest in a series of ups and downs for attorney Evan Torgan, who has fought for nearly two years to have his retainer agreement upheld.

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