The Los Angeles office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan must stand trial on allegations of fraud and breach of contract brought by an ex-associate who says she was fired for revealing fraudulent billing, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled March 3.

At the same time, Judge Ricardo Torres dismissed the part of the suit claiming wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Because the initial billing amount in question — the amount the associate says she knew about — was for just three hours of a partner’s time, the judge reasoned it was too little to trigger societal concerns.

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