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A law firm cannot recover fees from a woman who may have indirectly benefitted from the firm’s representation of her former husband, a New York state judge has ruled. David Addison hired the Scarsdale-based law firm of Haas & Gottlieb to represent him in a bankruptcy litigation involving 251 W. 121 St. Corp. A retainer agreement provided that Addison would pay the firm one-third of any money recovered in the proceeding.

Following a five-day trial, Addison received more than $145,000 for his 25 percent share in the corporation. Under an equitable distribution agreement, Addison’s ex-wife, Ieda Fuller, was slated to receive one half of his interest in the corporation.

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