Plaintiffs Claim Law Firm Took $5M from Prudential to Steer Them to ADR
More than 200 ex-employees of Prudential Life Insurance contend that the New York law firm representing them in discrimination claims took $5 million from the company in exchange for steering the plaintiffs away from filing discrimination suits and toward an alternative dispute resolution process that reduced their recoveries.
The workers are now suing their former employer over the alleged conspiracy, and Prudential, in turn, is pointing the finger at Leeds Morelli & Brown and three other law firms that also represented some workers. If the plaintiffs didn’t get all they were entitled to, Prudential contends, their law firms must be at fault, reports the New Jersey Law Journal.
Bad blood between the law firms representing the parties in the current case is also complicating matters, making it difficult for them to move ahead with a breakneck discovery schedule.
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