A Texas bankruptcy judge has stricken a church group’s jury trial demand in a legal malpractice suit against New York’s Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

The National Benevolent Association, the social services arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), filed suit against Weil Gotshal Sept. 14 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, charging the firm produced “disastrous results” by advising the St. Louis-based charity to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year instead of seeking a negotiated deal with creditors.

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