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An Ohio judge overseeing the bitter legal battle over control of the lucrative Kelley Ferraro law firm has had enough of the war being waged in newspapers. Cuyahoga County Judge Daniel Gaul issued a formal gag order Feb. 14 mandating that any lawyers in the case who talk to reporters in the future, either on or off the record, would be jailed. The order was issued following a Feb. 6 hearing at which Gaul scolded lawyers involved in the case for speaking to The National Law Journal in violation of a gag order.[See related article, " Ugly battle over Ohio law firm.] James Ferraro has been locked in a legal battle with the widow of Michael Kelley ever since his former law partner died of a sudden heart attack in 2006. Kelley — who was labeled the King of Torts by a Cleveland magazine — and Ferraro ran one of the most successful plaintiff firms in Ohio, representing thousands of asbestos victims and their families. Kelley’s widow, Lynn, sued Ferraro three months after Kelley’s death demanding dissolution of the 15-lawyer firm and the considerable assets, including three jets and an arena football team, the Las Vegas Gladiators. Ferraro, a flamboyant lawyer who also owns a successful firm in Coral Gables, Fla., and a 14-bedroom compound on Martha’s Vineyard, insists Lynn Kelley is not owed anything more and that a partnership agreement between the two does not apply. In the sweeping and unusual gag order, Gaul stated that “any dissemination of information or comments made to the media at any time during the litigation of all related cases, including trials through jury verdicts, shall be punishable by incarceration through the contempt powers of this court.” A trial is scheduled for March 24 and could feature testimony from Bernie Kosar, a former National Football League quarterback and part owner, CEO and team president of the Gladiators.

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