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Best Buy Lawyer Says He Altered Documents

Posted Jun 4, 2007 8:42 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An outside attorney defending Best Buy in a consumer class action has admitted he altered discovery documents in the case, prompting his law firm to file a withdrawal motion.

Timothy Block reported his actions to the Minnesota Board of Professional Responsibility and is on medical leave for stress and depression, his lawyer, Richard Thomas, told the Recorder.

Block was a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, a Minneapolis-based law firm. Thomas says he is not aware of any wrongdoing by the firm.

Plaintiffs in the case claim Best Buy offered customers free Internet service through Microsoft’s MSN portal for a six-month trial period then billed for continued service without permission.

The withdrawal motion is set to be heard on June 22, according to the paper.

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