Heller Ruling May Be Knockout Punch Against Jewel Claims

Heller Ruling May Be Knockout Punch Against Jewel Claims

It’s not an overstatement to say that a California district judge’s decision last week in the Heller Ehrman LLP bankruptcy case essentially dismantles the applicability of Jewel v. Boxer to insolvent or bankrupt law firms. If upheld after any appeal and followed by other courts, the decision could mark the end of California “unfinished business” claims against law firms in the noncontingency, hourly fee context, says Robert Eisenbach III of Cooley LLP.

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