Litigation Boutique May Be Disqualified for “Egregious” Conflict
March 21, 2016 Bloomberg - Citing a conflict “so egregious that it is unwaivable,” a federal judge in Santa Ana has issued a preliminary ruling disqualifying the recently formed litigation boutique Hueston Hennigan from a multi-million dollar healthcare fraud case that’s been in the headlines for years.
In a 19-page tentative ruling dated Monday, which was circulated among attorneys involved in the case and obtained by Big Law Business, U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford of the Central District of California wrote that the firm was simultaneously representing a victim and a perpetrator of the same fraud.
In the civil case in front of Guilford, Hueston Hennigan name partner John Hueston has been representing the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), a worker’s compensation insurer instituted by the California state government, on claims it was defrauded of hundreds of millions of dollars as the the result of a complex kickback and fraudulent billing scheme that dates to the 1990s. Separately, the firm’s other name partner Brian Hennigan has been representing Paul Randall, who faces federal criminal charges that he participated in the scheme to defraud the fund.