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LOS ANGELES � Steven Schulman, the former partner of Milberg, Weiss & Bershad who resigned last year while facing criminal charges, filed two motions on Friday to dismiss several of the counts against him. Schulman was indicted about a year they made $216 million in attorney fees by paying $11.3 million in secret and illegal ago, along with his former firm and one of its partners, David Bershad, on allegations that kickbacks to lead plaintiffs. “The two separate motions filed today by the attorneys for Mr. Schulman demonstrate that the government’s case is fatally flawed,” said Sam Singer, a spokesman for Schulman. Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. In his first motion, Schulman seeks to dismiss several counts alleging he deprived class members in several securities cases of honest services through secret and illegal arrangements with plaintiffs. His motion addresses only the allegations involving securities cases filed in Delaware in which Howard Vogel, or one of his family members, served as a lead plaintiff. Last year, Vogel pleaded guilty to making false statements in court related to the alleged kickbacks. In the motion, Schulman claims the alleged arrangements with lead plaintiffs caused no economic harm to the class because they did not affect the amount of the settlements and the defendants, not the class members, paid the awarded attorney fees. Schulman also claims that the plaintiffs could not have received kickbacks, as alleged, because they did not have the power or authority to change the outcome of the cases. Finally, he argues, the state of Delaware, not the federal government, should handle matters involving attorney conduct and ethics. “If honest services fraud were imported into this arena, any ethical violation by an attorney that involves ‘deceptive’ conduct may be criminalized as federal mail or wire fraud,” he says in the motion. In his second motion, Schulman seeks to dismiss several of the counts against him on grounds that the government’s case involves multiple conspiracies, many of which do not involve allegations.

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