Heller Ehrman Can't Grab Attys' Unfinished Biz Profits

Law360, Los Angeles (June 11, 2014, 7:39 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday shut down Heller Ehrman LLP's bankruptcy administrators' effort to claw back unfinished business profits the firm's ex-partners earned representing Heller Ehrman's former clients at new firms, saying the defunct firm has no claim on work it didn't perform.

Attorneys for the administrators had argued that under a California appeals court's 1984 ruling in Jewel v. Boxer, dissolved law firms are entitled to a share of the profit stream for work performed on unfinished hourly rate cases.

In a written ruling...
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Case Title

Heller Ehrman LLP v. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Case Number

3:14-cv-01236

Court

California Northern

Nature of Suit

Bankruptcy Withdrawal

Judge

Charles R. Breyer

Date Filed

March 17, 2014


Case Title

Heller Ehrman LLP v. Jones Day


Case Number

3:14-cv-01237

Court

California Northern

Nature of Suit

Bankruptcy Withdrawal

Judge

Charles R. Breyer

Date Filed

March 17, 2014


Case Title

Heller Ehrman LLP v. Foley & Lardner LLP


Case Number

3:14-cv-01238

Court

California Northern

Nature of Suit

Bankruptcy Withdrawal

Judge

Charles R. Breyer

Date Filed

March 17, 2014


Case Title

Heller Ehrman LLP v. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Case Number

3:14-cv-01239

Court

California Northern

Nature of Suit

Bankruptcy Withdrawal

Judge

Charles R. Breyer

Date Filed

March 18, 2014

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