In the span of just four days, Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs programmer accused of stealing the investment bank’s valuable source code, was hit with a pair of rulings that once again call into question the 46-year-old’s legal fate and threaten to further complicate his already protracted fight to secure defense fees from his former employer.

One Tuesday, a unanimous panel of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, reinstated Aleynikov’s conviction for unlawfully using scientific material. The ruling came hot on the heels of Delaware Supreme Court’s refusal on Jan. 20 to allow Aleynikov to recover between $1.5 and $2 million he said he was owed for defending criminal suits at both the state and federal level.

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