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Attorney Jan Schlichtmann’s counterclaim against the collection agency thatrecently lost a federal suit against him is set to go to trial on Feb. 28.Schlichtmann, the Beverly, Mass. lawyer portrayed by John Travolta in thefilm “A Civil Action,” claims the Cadle Co. of Ohio engaged in unfairbusiness practices and defamed him when they pursued legal fees they saidSchlichtmann owed, according to The Lowell Sun newspaper. Earlier a juryruled against Cadle Co.’s claim that Schlichtmann owed close to $240,000.The money was part of the settlement he helped 26 families win in a suitover contaminated ground water, The Lowell Sun reports. Attorney JohnDoonan is representing Cadle Co. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. isfinalizing motions concerning the legal arguments of the counterclaim.

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