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A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled against a lawyer seeking to collect a contingent fee on a case he lost at the trial level but which his client settled after filing an appeal.

Lawyer Barry I. Fredericks represented Chemipal Ltd. in a 2003 suit against weight-loss company Slim-Fast, whose products Chemipal distributed in Israel. Israeli-based Chemipal, which agreed to pay Fredericks $40,000 and a 35 percent contingent fee, claimed Slim-Fast violated its contract with it by not providing adequate marketing and advertising support.

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