DOJ Urges 'Rigorous' Conflict Inquiry In 'Varsity Blues' Case

Law360 (July 15, 2019, 10:00 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors have again urged a Boston federal judge overseeing the "Varsity Blues" college admissions cheating case to hold a "rigorous inquiry" into conflicts of interest at BigLaw firms representing parents and the University of Southern California.

In a Friday filing in Boston, prosecutors said defense lawyers at Ropes & Gray LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP have conceded that some conflict work-arounds would be necessary moving forward for their respective clients, including having co-counsels question any USC witnesses.

But the potential that serious adversity between the defendants and the school may arise in the case is likely...

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