When Hackensack, N.J.’s Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard admitted that an attempt to meddle in an opposing lawyer’s finances was a terrible mistake, it apologized to the target and offered a package of self-sanctions to appease the angry judge.

It withdrew from the case and three companion matters. It said the offending lawyers would be sent to ethics classes. It pledged to reimburse the targeted opponent for fees and expenses.

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