DLA Piper Decries DQ From $45M Blue Cross Payment Fight

Law360 (January 11, 2019, 8:35 PM EST) -- DLA Piper is bitterly contesting its disqualification as counsel in a $45 million case involving Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, arguing that a Florida magistrate judge erred egregiously by treating its role as a go-between for two opposing clients as unethical.

In objections filed on Thursday, DLA Piper expressed incredulity at its expulsion two weeks ago from the reimbursement row. According to the firm, disqualification is an astonishing punishment for its effort to connect two clients that it represented on unrelated matters.

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