DLA Piper Emails A Wake-Up Call On Bill Padding

Law360, New York (March 26, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT) -- A series of damning emails between lawyers at DLA Piper, the world's biggest law firm, about "churning" billable hours onto a client's bill may act as a wake-up call to legal leaders that bill padding remains a serious ethical danger point, legal experts say.

The back-and-forth emails between a handful of DLA Piper attorneys discussing client Adam Victor's bankruptcy case includes what Victor's current counsel calls the firm's rallying cry for artificially inflating legal costs: "Churn that bill, baby!"

The emails were released in discovery in Victor's ongoing fee dispute with DLA Piper, which represented Victor's energy company Project Orange Associates...

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