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Unfinished Business Doctrine: Dead at Last

The “unfinished business doctrine” as applied to defunct law firms is dead. Recent Posts, for Context As we wrote on June 12 in “Unfinished Business Doctrine: Federal Judge Gets it Right!”, a federal court judge in California killed the doctrine … Continue reading


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Unfinished Business Doctrine: Federal Judge Gets it Right!

Big news today in the development of the unfinished business doctrine and defunct law firms! On June 11, 2014, the US District Court in San Francisco ruled CONTRARY to the shocking decision issued earlier this year by a California bankruptcy … Continue reading


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Unfinished Business Doctrine in NY

I wrote blogs last year about the unfinished business doctrine as applied to defunct law firms.  To summarize: I am strongly against it, both on legal grounds and on practical, economic grounds. Now we await a major decision in the … Continue reading


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New Development in Unfinished Business Doctrine and Defunct Law Firms

Despite the sharp disagreement in last year’s federal courts in New York State, a California based judge has swallowed the “unfinished business” doctrine and declared it delicious. In the Heller Ehrman LLP bankruptcy in San Francisco, several BigLaw firms refused … Continue reading


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Dewey, the Unfinished Business Doctrine, and Judicial Vindication!

In July 2012, I wrote two blog pieces about a disturbing and growing problem: the claims of defunct law firms and their bankruptcy trustees to grab the fees earned by other law firms where the defunct firms’  attorneys had migrated … Continue reading


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Dewey & LeBoeuf — Continued

A few additional notes on the matter I blogged about last week: the efforts of the CRO in the Dewey bankruptcy to seek profits realized by those law firms that took in departing Dewey partners and completed work that began … Continue reading


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