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Former BigLaw Partner Who Lost Age Bias Suit Is Ordered to Pay $182K on Counterclaim


A former Holland & Knight partner who lost his suit against the law firm for age bias got some more bad news last week.

John Weir will have to pay $182,000 on the firm’s counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty, a New York judge ruled last week. Judge Cynthia Kern ordered Weir to pay the money based on a referee’s recommendation, the New York Law Journal reports.

The total amount owed is expected to exceed $300,000 when interest is included. Weir has filed notice of appeal.

A New York judge had ruled in December that Weir couldn’t sue because he was a partner rather than an employee protected by state and city human rights laws. She also found that Weir had refused to cooperate in billing for nine months before his ouster and collected fees that would have been due the firm.

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