The board of the Apollo Theater Foundation has sued White & Case for malpractice in drafting a contract that is at the core of a state investigation into financial mismanagement and sweatheart deals at the endangered Harlem theater.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court, charges that White & Case used the wrong language in drafting a licensing agreement for the television show “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” The mistake, the foundation claimed, prompted Attorney General Dennis Vacco to file suit seeking the removal of seven board members in October for failing to collect as much as $4 million in licensing fees for the program over a five-year period.

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