A federal judge has rejected claims that the government pressured BDO Seidman to stop paying attorney’s fees for the defense of its former CEO in a multi-billion dollar tax fraud suit that also involves Jenkens & Gilchrist.

Southern District Judge William H. Pauley, ruling from the bench last week, found that U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors did not interfere with ex-CEO Denis Field’s right to counsel and his ability to mount a defense by leaning on BDO to discontinue paying his defense costs in connection with a wide-ranging fraud investigation.

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