DLA Piper Settles $22.5M Suit Over 'Churn That Bill' Emails

Law360, Los Angeles (April 17, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT) -- DLA Piper on Tuesday settled a highly publicized, $22.5 million fee dispute with the owner of a bankrupt energy company that involved a series of internal emails in which the firm's lawyers discussed "churning" billable hours onto the client's bill.

The emails between a handful of DLA Piper attorneys discussing client Adam Victor's bankruptcy case arose over the course of the litigation the law firm had originally filed against Victor in February 2012, claiming he hadn't paid his legal bills. Victor then launched a countersuit alleging inflated...
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