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A New York court has rejected Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s “tactical” bid to disqualify the lawyer suing the law firm on behalf of a former associate who claims he was fraudulently promised promotion to partnership.

Orrick’s efforts to remove the lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, from the case reveal that not one but two associates consulted with him last year about suing the firm over partnership promises. One of them, Patrick J. Hoeffner, sued Orrick last July for breach of contract, fraud and other claims, asking for more than $100 million.

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