Sheppard Mullin Axed From J-M Sewer Pipe Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 14, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday disqualified Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP from defending J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc. in an ex-employee's whistleblower lawsuit over allegedly defective PVC pipe for municipal sewers, after J-M rejected the court's plan to split the case to avoid a conflict of interest with one of the plaintiffs.

The order to cut Sheppard Mullin loose follows a tentative ruling issued earlier this month by U.S. Judge George H. Wu that said the firm could continue to represent J-M if claims by...
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