Irell & Manella Beats DQ Bid In Calif. Insurance Fraud Row

By Beth Winegarner (July 15, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has refused to disqualify Irell & Manella LLP from representing State Compensation Insurance Fund in a lawsuit accusing a former hospital president and his son of fraud, saying the court wasn't persuaded that a former Irell partner's counsel to the son taints the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford said in a ruling entered Tuesday that after reviewing emails sent in 2010 between former Irell partner Matthew Sant and defendant Michael R. Drobot Jr. related to Drobot's acquisition of three pharmacy firms as well as estate and real-estate issues, the judge wasn't convinced they were...

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