In an article this week end, The Wall Street Journal online edition outlines a further problem that might add to the woes facing class action litigation giant, Milberg, Weiss, Bershad & Schulman, LLP.
What makes it of particular interest to those of us in the settlements/experts community is that the allegations center around an expert witness used by the firm, John B. Torkelsen, whom it is alleged was paid for his work on some cases, with the proceeds obtained in other cases. In simpler terms, he is alleged to have been paid by client A, for work done on a case for client B.
As we all know, or should know, this is a big "no no", and if true will add to the charges being brought by the US attorney. Apparently Mr. Torkelsen's ex wife, who as the article explains has her own legal woes, has turned states evidence and is providing testimony. What makes this so interesting is that it appears the prosecutors feel Mr. Torkelsen might be a link between the Milberg Weiss firm, and former Milberg Weiss attorney, William Lerach. Whether they make that connection or there is any validity to it remains to be seen of course, but the cautionary tale here for experts is not allow sloppy billing practices or your attorney's financial hardship to create ethical dilemma's that come back to haunt you.