Liberty Mutual Settles With Atty Accused Of Blackmail

Law360, Washington (September 12, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT) -- Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. reached a settlement Thursday in New York with a contract lawyer who allegedly threatened to expose a high-ranking insurance agent's sexual liaisons if he wasn’t paid millions of dollars and given more work.

In January, Liberty Mutual sued Michael Devereaux of Michael J. Devereaux & Associates PC, which does business as Devereaux Baumgarten, accusing him of seeking more than $2.3 million and at least 25 more cases. Devereaux subsequently filed his own suit against the insurer.

Devereaux, who has worked with the...
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