A state judge is weighing a request to disqualify three law firms that represent plaintiffs who claim Prudential Life Insurance Co. paid their lawyers millions of dollars to keep their case out of court and limit recovery.

Prudential claims it met with one of the firms, DeCotiis Fitzpatrick & Cole in Teaneck, in 2002, when it was deciding on defense counsel, and imparted confidential information that might have been shared with two other firms also now representing the plaintiffs: Gorman & Gorman and Bochetto & Lentz, both in Cherry Hill.

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