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LOS ANGELES � Steven Schulman, the former name partner at Milberg, Weiss & Bershad who faces federal criminal charges, has filed a third batch of motions to dismiss the case against him. Schulman, along with Milberg Weiss and another partner, David Bershad, were indicted last year on charges they made $216 million in attorney fees by paying secret and illegal kickbacks. In recent weeks, Milberg Weiss and Bershad have been in plea talks with federal prosecutors. Since April, Schulman has filed six motions to dismiss the charges against him. “The government’s case is fatally flawed and we are asking the court to dismiss all the charges against Mr. Schulman,” said Sam Singer, a spokesman for Schulman, in an emailed statement. “The government has failed in every instance to prove its point of view and Mr. Schulman cannot be connected to any purported crime alleged in this case.” Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, which is prosecuting the case, declined comment. In late April, Schulman filed a pair of motions to dismiss claims of honest services fraud against him relating to Delaware cases mentioned in the indictment in which Howard Vogel or one of Vogel’s family members served as a lead plaintiff. Vogel pleaded guilty last year to making false statements in court related to the alleged kickbacks. One month later, Schulman filed another pair of motions to dismiss, this time stating he did not breach any fiduciary duty to absent class members in four federal lawsuits involving Vogel. He also sought to strike “inflammatory and prejudicial” portions of the indictment. In two motions filed on Friday, Schulman said that several mail fraud counts against him should be dismissed relating to a case mentioned in the indictment against the former Schein Pharmaceutical Inc. because the lead plaintiff was Tara Lazar, not Seymour Lazar, her father, who is a “paid plaintiff” in the indictment. Lazar was charged in 2005 as part of the criminal case and has pleaded not guilty. Schulman also said the government’s claims are not sufficient to violate New York’s commercial bribery statutes and that the alleged illegal and secret payments, if true, were not contingent on a plaintiff’s testimony.

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