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Judge disqualifies law firm from case

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A judge has ruled the Decotiis law firm of Teaneck, New Jersey cannot represent clients in court who claim that Prudential bribed their prior attorney to squander its liability in a class-action lawsuit, NorthJersey.com reports.

Prudential sought DeCotiis in November 2002 for representation, but the life, real estate and business insurance giant chose to hire another agency the following day.

This year, DeCotiis planned to join law firms to represent the prosecution against Prudential. The insurance firm argued to a Superior Court in Hackensack that DeCotiis had highly sensitive information from their meeting in 2002. However, DeCotiis countered that one meeting nine years ago was insignificant and had no bearing on the current case.

Judge Brian Martinotti decided that the information provided by Prudential to DeCotiis was, in fact, reason for the law firm's elimination from the case.

In addition, Prudential requested that two other law firms be disqualified from the case, but Martinotti refused. Angela Roper, an attorney representing 42 plaintiffs against Prudential, told the news source she opposed the judge's decision and felt Prudential did not do enough to prove it revealed vital information to DeCotiis.

"We are looking forward to our clients having their day in court," Roper said.

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