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A unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, yesterday ordered an evidentiary hearing into whether hedge fund manager Brandon Fradd forged a document in a suit filed by a former member of the fund, James Melcher, who alleges he was cheated out of compensation. The opinion, signed by Justice Rosalyn Richter (See Profile), also reinstated a claim for breach of contract, which a jury found equitably estopped. Melcher’s attorney, Jeffrey Jannuzzo, said the newly reinstated claim could be worth $6 million, on top of $500,000 Melcher already won on a different claim in the jury trial.

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