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Firm Swiped $1M From Settlement Payment, Insurer Says

September 23, 2019

A New York-based law firm that has focused on insurance litigation matters allegedly pocketed $1 million that was meant as a settlement payment in another case, a New Jersey-based insurance carrier has contended in New York state court. 

First Mercury Insurance Co. alleges that D’Amato & Lynch LLP deposited the money into the firm’s operating account instead of the trust account meant for handling such funds and then ignored calls for it to release the money, according to the Sept. 19 complaint in New York Supreme Court.

"We sent them the money, now we want it back," said John Moscow, an attorney with Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC who was retained by Andrew Lavoott Bluestone - an attorney representing First Mercury - to work on the case. "It's relatively simple."

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