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'Serious Ethical Violations' Earn Calif. Atty $12M Punishment

Law360 (March 27, 2019, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge issued a pointed judgment Tuesday ordering an attorney to pay back $12 million earned in fees from a class action over a never-built Las Vegas condominium, saying the lawyer's conduct in the case amounted to "serious ethical violations."

Attorney Mark Obenstine broke his clients' trust as well as California state consumer protection and unfair competition laws by using a so-called "runner" to recruit clients in the Vegas condo case and failing to disclose several important pieces of information to clients, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin said in Tuesday's ruling.

Obenstine worked with other attorneys to use a...

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California Central

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Contract: Other


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April 22, 2011

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