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Milberg Lawyer Challenges ‘Kickback’ Charge

Posted Apr 30, 2007 7:32 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawyer who once worked at Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman in New York is taking issue with the government’s definition of the term “kickback.”

Steven G. Schulman is seeking dismissal of criminal charges against him in a motion set to be heard June 4 in Los Angeles federal court, the New York Law Journal reports.

Prosecutors accuse Schulman, the law firm and another lawyer there of paying kickbacks to name plaintiffs in class action lawsuits alleging securities violations.

A true kickback is a payment to a party that has power or control over a transaction, and name plaintiffs have no such power, Schulman argues.

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