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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Blackwater Sues Lawyers

The Post's Government Inc. blog reports that Blackwater is suing Wiley Rein for malpractice in defending the company against a wrongful death suit brought by the "Fallujah Four."  Legal Times has more details:

The complaint, filed in D.C. Superior Court, claims lawyers at Wiley Rein filed sloppy pleadings that ultimately barred Blackwater from shifting the case from a state court in North Carolina to federal district court, where the security firm could have mounted a stronger defense.

After losing its bid to have the case transferred in October 2005, Blackwater discarded its high-wattage Wiley Rein team, which included Fred Fielding, now White House counsel; Barbara Van Gelder, now an attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Scott McCaleb, who is a partner with Wiley Rein; and Margaret Ryan, who is now a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

An earlier post about the suit is here; it links to earlier posts too.


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