A state appeals court has ruled that a $30 million lawsuit in which a New Jersey-based personal injury firm alleges that a pair of New York City firms illegally poached its clients—allegedly using tactics such as offering the clients Uber rides from a doctor’s office to law offices where a briefcase full of up to $3,000 awaited—should survive dismissal and move forward on the merits.

It appears to be a breakthrough ruling on the central tortious interference claim first lodged in October 2018 by the plaintiff law firm, Ginarte Gallardo Gonzalez & Winograd, which also has offices in New York City. The Ginarte firm sued leading members of the Manhattan-based law firm of William Schwitzer & Associates as well as Rene Garcia, a solo practitioner who allegedly has maintained an office at Schwitzer’s firm and who runs her own small Manhattan firm.