By Brian W. Miller and Peter A. SchofieldUpdated Apr 08, 2018 09:07:51 A group of five former corporate counsels at Sainika Law Firm has reached a $5 million settlement with the company alleging they lied about their relationship with Harlan Harlan.
The attorneys, who were paid between $25,000 and $50,000 for their work on the Harlan law firm’s 2016 settlement, said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta that Harlan’s attorneys were aware of the arrangement but had been unable to stop it.
Harlan lawyers had hired the former corporate lawyers for their clients, the lawsuit alleges.
The lawyers were not told about the settlement until May 12, two weeks before they left Harlan for the firm, the complaint states.
The five former Sainiks are accusing the firm of misleading them about their duties, saying that the settlement was the result of Harlan and the other lawyers’ efforts to conceal the nature of the relationship between Sainiko and Harlan, who left Harlans firm in 2015.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday and seeks $15 million.
The suit also names Harlan as a defendant.
Sainikk lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The company settled a separate case with Sainikan Law Firm in February, in which it agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty for misleading the plaintiffs, as well as $6 million for an unrelated matter.
Harlins attorneys have said they have no knowledge of the Harlills involvement with Sainsik.
In a separate settlement, Sainiya Law Firm agreed to plead guilty to lying about the nature and extent of its involvement with Harlots firm.
Sainsiks lawyers had previously denied the accusations, saying the lawyers had not done anything wrong and that the money was used to settle unrelated matters.