Revolving Door: Judge Who Awarded Millions to Milberg Partner Is Made Partner At Firm

300px-revolving_doorThe new job landed by former New York Supreme Court Judge Herman Cahn has raised from eyebrows. Less than a year ago, Cahn awarded millions in fees to founding partner Melvin Weiss despite his guilty plea in a massive fraud case. The firm, once called Milberg Weiss, wanted to let Weiss keep the fees and it was Cahn who agreed to the payment.

The federal government alleged a 30-year kickback scheme involving three partners Melvyn Weiss, David Bershad and Steven Schulman. Cahn’s ruling contradicted a general rule that law firms are barred from sharing legal fees with nonlawyers — Weiss was no longer a practicing lawyer. It was called The Milberg Double Cross at the time. The ruling allowed Weiss to potentially receive millions more than the money he forfeited as part of his criminal plea.

Notably, despite the huge size of the case and award, this particular case was left off of the firm’s recounting of the career of their new “distinguished” partner.

Cahn attracted some attention on the bench for refusing to recuse himself from cases brought by his son’s law firm.

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2 thoughts on “Revolving Door: Judge Who Awarded Millions to Milberg Partner Is Made Partner At Firm

  1. Democrat Senior Senator Byrd says Obama trying to impower Presidency beyond Constitutional limits:

    In a scathing letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change.

    Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”…
    “As presidential assistants and advisers, these White House staffers are not accountable for their actions to the Congress, to cabinet officials, and to virtually anyone but the president,” Byrd wrote. “They rarely testify before congressional committees, and often shield the information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege. In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”

    The West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday demanded Obama “consider the following: that assertions of executive privilege will be made only by the president, or with the president’s specific approval; that senior White House personnel will be limited from exercising authority over any person, any program, and any funding within the statutory responsibility of a Senate-confirmed department or agency head; that the president will be responsible for resolving any disagreement between a Senate-confirmed agency or department head and White House staff; and that the lines of authority and responsibility in the administration will be transparent and open to the American public.”

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