At the time, it looked like a good deal for everyone: Lawyers at the New York plaintiffs giant Milberg Weiss, under indictment for allegations it paid illegal kickbacks to clients, would get to bring their caseload to a firm that wasn’t radioactive.

And that other firm, San Francisco’s Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, would get to fill up its spacious New York offices with experienced securities litigators with a ready-made load of top-notch cases.

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