Melvyn I. Weiss Esq.
November 1999: Lerach realized he wanted to represent shareholders -- not to mention earn bigger paydays. So in 1976, he took a job with prominent plaintiffs' attorney Melvyn Weiss, opening a one-lawyer branch office in San Diego for Weiss' New York firm, specializing in suing companies for securities fraud.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/11/15/MN18SIL.DTL
November 2005: "The hearing featured a rare reversal of roles: Melvyn I. Weiss, one of the most prominent plaintiffs' lawyers in the nation, took the stand to defend his firm's role in the settlement."
Role Name Type Last Updated Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) William S. Lerach Esq. Person Jul 27, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 01, 2007 Top Lawyer, Under Fire, May Depart
QUOTE: While the exact reasons behind Mr. Lerach’s abrupt and surprising career considerations remain unclear, it suggests that a long-running criminal investigation into allegations of kickbacks paid to class-action plaintiffs has gained momentum. What makes the potential departure of Mr. Lerach particularly shocking is that it would come just as he is engaged in his most high-profile case to date...
New York Times Nov 01, 2005 Preliminary Approval for KPMG Settlement on Tax Shelters
QUOTE: Objectors to the settlement had argued that the law firm that brokered the deal, Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman, had colluded with KPMG and had engaged in conflicts of interest by representing individual former KPMG clients while secretly negotiating a settlement.
New York Times Jul 17, 2005 Robin Hoods or Legal Hoods?
QUOTE: Though Mr. Lerach and Mr. Weiss are not named in the indictment either, both are clearly embroiled in a wide-ranging investigation, the outcome of which is likely to influence how all plaintiffs' lawyers practice, as well as the potential civil penalties for corporate wrongdoing. As a result, the inquiry has reignited heated debates about the tort system, debates that have come to a head in recent years.
New York Times Nov 15, 1999 PHANTOM RICHES: Beneath the glitter of booming Silicon Valley, executives have been accused of lying about their products and doctoring their books, leaving devastated investors in their wake
QUOTE: ...tens of thousands of investors like him have filed lawsuits accusing Dawson and other Silicon Valley executives of securities fraud, insider trading and legal and ethical misconduct.
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