In the probe of failed subprime lender New Century Financial, a court-appointed investigator had to tell O’Melveny & Myers lawyers to stop meeting with witnesses it did not represent, according to a report unsealed Wednesday.

Bankruptcy court examiner Michael Missal, a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, criticized O’Melveny — which represented New Century — for discovery delays in his investigation. Missal also wrote that O’Melveny lawyers met with one former New Century officer “and likely more” before Missal could interview them.

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