LA Atty Must Disgorge $1.65M Fee For 'Egregious Conduct'

Law360 (March 4, 2021, 11:43 PM EST) -- A California judge ordered an attorney who represented Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers in a faulty billing lawsuit to disgorge $1.65 million in attorney fees and be held in contempt and sanctioned Thursday, saying he disobeyed court orders and withheld information about possible collusion with the city's attorneys.

Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle granted the disgorgement motion leveled against former class counsel Michael J. Libman by the customers' current counsel as part of the fallout from a $70 million settlement with the city before allegations arose that two attorneys worked as special counsel for the city while also...

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