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Former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler client Steven Bitton is the first to file a formal objection to the mounting legal fees in the defunct law firm’s bankruptcy case. Bitton, a former Scott Rothstein client and now a creditor, filed a motion late Friday objecting to a second fee application by the Miami law firm Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine, one of several hired by the bankruptcy trustee to recover funds for victims of Rothstein’s $1.2 billion settlement financing fraud. The Kluger firm, which is handling issues with the malpractice carrier for Rothstein’s former firm, is requesting $245,402. The firm already has been awarded $146,257. A spokesman for the firm had no comment. The filing said it was essentially a “no brainer” that the insurer would rescind its policy with RRA based on fraud. “The conclusion with respect to the rescission of the policy should have been clear,” said the motion filed by Bitton’s lawyer, Geoffrey Ittleman of Fort Lauderdale. “It should have taken a very short amount of time and thus, limited amount of resources and attorneys fees, to arrive at this fairly obvious conclusion.” The motion calls the Kluger firm’s fees “egregiously out of proportion with the scope of the assignment” and said some of the legal fees are depleting potential returns for victims. Bitton hired Rothstein to file a whistle-blower case against Plantation but claimed Rothstein never communicated a settlement offer to him and allowed the statute of limitations to lapse.

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