A defense firm yesterday asked a federal judge to disqualify attorney Marvin Barish as plaintiff’s attorney for the re-trial of a maritime personal injury case because Barish’s firm has been paying the plaintiff’s rent, gas, electric, cable television and phone bills since November 1997.

Attorney Robert B. White Jr. argues that Barish has violated Rule 1.8 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, which prohibits a lawyer from providing financial assistance to a client other than expenses of litigation.

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