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Melvyn Weiss.Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP.rec’d 04/2003

Melvyn Weiss, the co-founder of now-defunct Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach, died in his sleep on Feb. 2 at the age of 82, his son’s law firm, Seeger Weiss announced on Friday.

Weiss was a giant of the plaintiffs bar, from his spectacular success as a class action pioneer to his 30-month federal prison sentence for illegally paying named plaintiffs.

He had been diagnosed with ALS in June, and “lived his last days in the warm company of friends and family, who loved and respected him deeply,” Seeger Weiss said.

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