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A Los Angeles jury has hit Washington, D.C.’s Williams & Connolly with a $13.29 million legal malpractice verdict, finding on Oct. 5 that the firm and partner Charles A. Sweet were negligent in handling the sale of a controlling interest in a California entertainment company.

In 1997, plaintiffs Michael Viner and Deborah Raffin Viner–the owners of Dove Entertainment and producers of many television movies and audiobooks–sold 80% of Dove to an investment group. Mr. Sweet handled the transaction for the Viners, noted Steven Soloway, vice president and general counsel of the Viners’ new company, New Millennium Entertainment.

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