LOS ANGELES — It’s one thing to have a $49 million fee request rejected. It’s another to have a federal judge call your arguments “unethical” and “dishonorable,” not to mention “flawed” and “cynical.”

That’s what happened to Los Angeles-based Hennigan, Mercer & Bennett when U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor of Santa Ana issued his final Orange County bankruptcy ruling last week that gave the firm an extra $3 million rather than the $48.7 million requested.

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