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D.C. solo practitioner Arman Dabiri can’t seem to learn his lesson. Libya’s chief counsel in litigation arising out of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am World Airways Flight 103 was taken to task June 28 by Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for allegedly plagiarizing sections of Judge Henry Kennedy Jr.’s ruling in Pugh v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in his defense against several insurance companies seeking retribution for the approximately $500 million the companies spent to defend and settle the claims against Pan Am and Alert. This isn’t the first time Dabiri’s been caught lifting Kennedy’s writing. In a footnote to his ruling rejecting Dabiri’s summary judgment motion, Hogan pointed to a July 2006 ruling by yet another judge on the court, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina, who found that Dabiri had done the exact same thing. “[W]ithout implying that this omission was the product of anything more than sloppy lawyering, the court impresses upon defense counsel its intolerancy for plagiarism,” Urbina wrote. Dabiri did not return a call for comment.
Anna Palmer can be contacted at [email protected].

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