Nextel workes bring legal malpractice action against Leeds Morelli & Brown.
"A group of former Nextel employees from New Jersey alleges that their former lawyers struck a sweetheart deal with the wireless communications giant to cap a settlement of their discrimination claims.
The five plaintiffs — all former employees at Nextel’s Rutherford office — are suing both the law firm and the company individually and as representatives of a larger class of at least 500 people. "
"Representatives of Nextel Communications Inc. and the Long Island law firm Leeds, Morelli & Brown deny any impropriety. In legal papers, they argue that all of the plaintiffs signed off on the settlement and can’t revoke their consent now.
"The plaintiffs either lied when they made those statements, or are lying now when they allege they were ignorant of the terms," wrote Nextel attorney Lawrence R. Sandak.
Plaintiffs: 500 former Nextel employees
Defendants: Nextel Communications Inc.; Leeds, Morelli & Brown
The complaint: The former employees claim Nextel paid Leeds, Morelli $7.5 million to cap a potential $2 billion settlement of their discrimination claims at $4.5 million.
After failing to persuade a federal judge to seal the proceedings, Nextel and the law firm have requested the case be dismissed.