Sheppard Mullin's Bid To Buy Waiver Emerges In Fee Row

By Andrew Strickler (March 10, 2016, 8:11 PM EST) -- A payout offer from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP to a California utility raising a conflict objection that ultimately led to the loss of millions of dollars in fees reveals an ethically murky area of behind-the-scenes deals in which BigLaw firms seek to quell disqualification bids, experts said.

In a recent ruling, a California appeals court said the firm had to forfeit millions of dollars in fees incurred defending a whistleblower suit against a PVC pipe maker after being disqualified over a conflicts challenge brought by a separate client that had an interest in the case. Amid the underlying dispute,...

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