The decision by a bankruptcy judge in New York to remove a debtor’s personal injury counsel was justified given the attorney’s efforts to ignore or circumvent court orders, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited “apparent misconduct” as providing more than enough cause for the bankruptcy judge to remove Manhattan practitioner Jeffrey H. Schwartz as a counsel of record in debtor Sueann Smith’s personal injury case.

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