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Ruling: Morgan Stanley helped defraud Perelman Angered by the defendant’s failure to produce discovery documents, a judge in Florida granted partial summary judgment last week in favor of financier Ronald Perelman in his multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Morgan Stanley & Co. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Elizabeth T. Maass found that Morgan Stanley helped Sunbeam Corp. falsely inflate its finances as the company sought to buy camping equipment maker Coleman Co. from Perelman. Also, Morgan Stanley filed for a 180-day continuance, which was denied, to substitute new trial counsel in place of lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. In a pleading, Morgan Stanley said it has “put Kirkland & Ellis on notice of a potential malpractice claim.” The trial is scheduled to start on March 30. Judge OKs settlements by Brobeck ex-partners The majority of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison’s former partners are finally free of legal fallout from the firm’s collapse. At a hearing last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali in San Francisco approved the individual settlement agreements that Brobeck trustee Ronald Greenspan had inked with 207 partners. The partners together will pay about $23.65 million to the estate and release the estate from claims of $36.4 million. Jews kept off juries, Calif. prosecutor testifies A former prosecutor at the center of a death penalty probe-who said he colluded with now-deceased Alameda County, Calif., Judge Stanley Golde to keep Jews off a capital punishment case-was forced last week to admit he broke the law. Nearly two years after his stunning declaration, John “Jack” Quatman-who spent 25 years in the Alameda County district attorney’s office-took the stand in an evidentiary hearing ordered by the California Supreme Court in the appeal of death row inmate Fred Freeman, convicted of robbery and murder in 1987. In his declaration, Quatman, now a defense attorney in Whitefish, Mont., said Golde told him he “could not have a Jew” on Freeman’s jury and recalled that the DA’s office had a “standard practice” of excluding Jews and black women from juries in death cases. The district attorney’s office has vehemently denied those assertions. Morgan Lewis grabs 11 from Drinker Biddle When it announced the acquisition of a three-partner white-collar and class action litigation group from Drinker Biddle & Reath on March 14, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius management said the newcomers were brought in to pad the firm’s book of business and not work for its existing clientele. So the firm knew it had to get its latest arrivals some support in the way of associates. That came last week with the addition of 11 litigation associates from Philadelphia-based Drinker Biddle. The associates had worked with group leader Mike Holston and partners Lisa Chanow Dykstra and John Schultz. Seven of the new associates will be handling class action work while the other four will be assigned to white-collar matters. Morgan Lewis’ biggest offices are in New York, Washington and Philadelphia. N.Y. close to expanding wrongful death damages New York would join 41 other states and permit emotional damages in wrongful death actions under legislation advanced yesterday by the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a Syracuse, N.Y., Republican and trial lawyer, said that under current law it is often cheaper to kill someone negligently than it is to injure him. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the law permitting compensation only for pecuniary loss shortchanges spouses, parents, children and siblings unable to recover for their emotional injury. “A wrongful death statute that is nearly 150 years old, and sadly out of step with our sister states, prohibits the grief-stricken family from recovering damages for their emotional suffering from the wrongdoer,” DeFrancisco said.

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