The Chadbourne & Parke law firm has secured dismissal of causes of action for legal malpractice brought against it by a former partner, but Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn allowed trial to open this week on allegations that the firm illegally expelled the lawyer.

The pretrial decision focuses the trial, which opened Monday and was expected to last four weeks, on charges leveled by former partner Stuart A. Rosenthal that he was wrongfully terminated from Chadbourne & Parke in violation of the partnership agreement. The law firm’s defense is that Rosenthal submitted his resignation voluntarily.

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