White & Case Told To Change Alleged Russian Spy's Retainer

By Max Stendahl (May 18, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Monday ordered White & Case LLP to revise its retainer agreement with an employee at a Russian state owned-bank who is charged with acting as a spy for Moscow, saying the bank's decision to pay the defendant's legal fees had raised a potential conflict of interest.

During a hearing in Manhattan court, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman expressed misgivings over the retainer agreement, which calls for Vnesheconombank to pay the legal fees of defendant Evgeny Buryakov. Prosecutors have alleged that Buryakov posed as an employee of the bank's Manhattan office while secretly conducting economic espionage...

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