Judge in Russia hacking case boots law firm

Sep 26, 2014 1:40 PM by News Staff

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge told the New York law firm of Fox Rothschild that its lawyers cannot represent a Russian man charged with hacking businesses across the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones ruled Friday that Fox has a conflict of interest because the firm also represented Z-Pizza, one of the alleged victims in the hacking scam that Roman Seleznev is charged with orchestrating. Jones said his decision was influenced by a letter he received from the president of Z-Pizza. The letter said he gave a Fox lawyer confidential information that could benefit Seleznev.

But Jones said the firm of Garvey Schubert Barer will be allowed to stay on the case. That firm also represents another alleged victim, Grand Central Baking. Jones said the areas of practice in those two cases were very different.

Garvey Schubert lawyer David Smith says they did not expect this ruling and will "regroup to figure out how to properly staff this case."

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