Labaton's Fee Deal With Atty Was A One-Off, Ex-Judge Says

By Jack Newsham (January 9, 2019, 7:03 PM EST) -- A retired judge hired by Labaton Sucharow LLP to look into the $4 million the firm paid lawyer Damon Chargois in "referral fees" in cases where he did no work concluded in a report filed Tuesday that the deal was "unique and aberrational," a finding Labaton praised.

Garrett E. Brown Jr., a former federal judge who now works for the dispute resolution service JAMS, said Chargois or his firm, Chargois & Herron LLP, were paid from only seven settlements out of the 324 deals that Labaton has struck since 2007. All seven were handled by partner Eric Belfi, who told Brown...

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