US Seeks To Block Asarco Bid For Financial Papers

Law360, New York (June 15, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT) -- The federal government is trying to block subpoenas served on one of its financial consulting firms by Asarco LLC's bankruptcy plan administrator, who is disputing some $4 million in U.S. Department of Justice attorneys' fees and expenses the government is trying to recoup from its work on the fallen mining giant's bankruptcy and reorganization.

Subpoenas served on Todd Patnode and his turn-around firm Bridge Associates LLC — the government's nontestifying consulting financial experts for plan-related matters during Asarco's bankruptcy — violate existing scheduling orders and are...
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