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Lawyers Clash in BAR/BRI Case

McGuireWoods and a former partner are clashing over leadership of a $49 million class action against bar review company BAR/BRI.

Eliot Disner, who says the firm fired him after he wrote a brief last month criticizing a potential settlement, asked a judge to make him co-lead counsel in the litigation, the Recorder reports. Disner represented the plaintiffs before McGuireWoods acquired his former firm last year.

McGuireWoods responded that Disner should have no role in the litigation, although he is entitled to 30 percent of attorney fees in the case.

The class action contends that West Publishing and Kaplan Inc. had a secret agreement to give BAR/BRI a virtual monopoly over bar review courses. The proposed settlement would pay class members about $125 each.

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