What began as a gallant gesture for a partner in distress is now a Mexican standoff over what was actually said during a heated conversation between two attorneys involved in an escalating grudge match.

Jeffrey A. Blueweiss, managing partner of Shelton, Conn.’s Bai, Pollock, Blueweiss & Mulcahey, came to the aid of his partner Madonna A. Sacco, who required a few months’ continuance in the scheduling of a medical malpractice trial in order to finish her breast cancer treatments.