Venable Partner's Forgery Claim 'Unprofessional,' Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (November 8, 2019, 11:28 PM EST) -- A California judge hammered a Venable LLP partner Friday for filing a motion alleging opposing counsel in the sexual battery case against billionaire Alki David forged her signature on a court document, calling the move "incendiary and unprofessional" when a simple phone call could have cleared up the matter.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams Court addressed a motion by Venable partner Ellyn Garofalo accusing plaintiff Mahim Khan and her lawyers at Allred Maroko & Goldberg of unethical and even felonious conduct. The judge expressed strong disapproval of the motion, noting that Garofalo hadn't tried to contact opposing counsel about what appeared...

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