A former associate at top class action law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman may proceed with claims that the firm stiffed her on hundreds of thousands of dollars in business development bonuses, a New York judge has ruled.

In a suit filed last year, Leah Guggenheimer, who worked at Bernstein Litowitz from 1998 to 2002, said the firm paid below-average salaries but had an “express policy” of rewarding associates who brought in cases by paying them bonuses of up to 10 percent of the total fees the firm received from those cases.

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