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Two in-house counsel have lost their jobs at the Eaton Corporation after the Cleveland, Ohio, power management company said new emails have emerged—which should have been produced years ago—in a long-running lawsuit. Eaton confirmed Thursday that Vic Leo, vice president and chief litigation counsel, and fellow litigation counsel Sharon O’Flaherty no longer work at the company. A spokesman wouldn’t discuss the details of their leaving, and they couldn’t be reached for comment. But the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported earlier that Eaton had fired both lawyers after the email snafu. On May 10, a judge ordered [PDF] both lawyers—along with CEO Alexander Cutler, general counsel Mark McGuire, chief in-house counsel Taras Szmagala Jr., and outside counsel Michael Schaalman of the Milwaukee law firm Quarles & Brady—to produce sworn affidavits explaining in detail why the emails weren’t originally produced and who was responsible for their withholding.
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