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Lerach to Leave His Calif. Firm

Posted May 31, 2007 1:04 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Securities class-action lawyer William S. Lerach has been telling clients that he will be leaving his San Diego law firm.

Lerach has sued high-profile companies such as AOL, Enron and WorldCom on behalf of shareholders. Anonymous sources told the Washington Post about Lerach's plans to leave.

Lerach formed Lerach Coughlin after leaving a law firm in 2004 where he practiced with Melvin I. Weiss. Since then, Weiss’ firm--now known as Milberg, Weiss & Bershad-- has been indicted along with two of its partners, Steven Schulman and David J. Bershad, on charges they paid kickbacks to lead plaintiffs.

Bershad is talking to prosecutors about a possible deal a plea in the case.

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