Thelen Trustee Says Ex-Partners Must Pay For Clients

Law360, New York (September 19, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT) -- The Chapter 7 trustee for bankrupt law firm Thelen LLP filed nearly 100 adversary suits Wednesday against former firm partners and their new employers, claiming they poached business from Thelen without paying for it.

In October 2008, Thelen's remaining partners voted to dissolve the firm and added language to the firm's partnership plan waiving its right to any “unfinished business” as defined by a California state appeals court's decision in Jewel v. Boxer, according to trustee Yann Geron.

The waiver was intended as “an inducement to...
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