Updates from the Legal World

By September 20, 2007Briefly Legal

Many developments on the legal front yesterday, including class-action wundergreis Bill Lerach agreeing to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges a pending indictment of Melvyn Weiss of Millberg Weiss, and the announcement that Judge Roy Pearson’s pants lawsuit has driven the Chungs into closing a drycleaning outfit . A collection of links to follow up:

  • Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher talks to the Chungs:
    “They were just tired of the whole ordeal,” said the Chungs’ daughter-in-law Soo Choi. “A lot of people view this comically because the case is so outrageous, but my mother-in-law has gone down four dress sizes from this whole ordeal. They just want to put this in their past.”

  • Post blogger, Emil Steiner, adds more.

  • New York Times on Weiss’ pending indictment, and the New York Sun considers the future of Milberg Weiss. A former partner, Steven Schulman, is expected to plead guilty today. “Mr. Weiss, 72, faces a daunting array of potentially incriminating witnesses, including individuals who have admitted receiving secret payouts from the firm, several lawyers who worked at the firm, a firm consultant, and, in all likelihood, attorneys who served as intermediaries for the firm’s payments.”
  • Lerach’s agreement to plead guilty is creating political ripples. Like so many big-time class-action lawyers, he’s a major campaign contributor (mostly to Democrats), and reformers are pressing the presidential candidates to return his money. The San Diego Union has a story. And a Washington Post story about tainted campaign bundlers, looking at both parties.
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