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Friday morning docket: Mad about Madoff lawsuits

scrooge-duckAs the holidays approach, many lawyers are focused on a particular piece of “bah, humbug!”: the Ponzi scam perpetrated by securities Scrooge Bernard Madoff. Holland & Knight jumped out this week with the formation of a specialized Madoff practice group “to assist clients with strategies concerning any losses sustained as a result of involvement with Bernard Madoff’s controlled entities,” according to the firm. And they aren’t the only lawyers busy over this matter – the lawsuits have already started flying.


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