A legal battle has been simmering this summer between attorney search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa LLC and one of its former recruiters in a lawsuit sealed from the public eye. But recently filed court papers reveal allegations of racketeering among competitors vying for business in a cutthroat job market.

Major Lindsey alleged in a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that former managing director Sharon Mahn, while working at the placement firm, took proprietary information about attorney job openings from the firm’s computers and gave it to at least one competing placement firm. Other defendants named in the case are New York search firms Kagan Consultants Inc. and Parker Leland Inc.

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