Wolf Block Claims N.J. Roots in Move to Exit Federal Court

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Wolf Block

Wind-Down Committee Still Winding Up

In detailing how the firm is still a partnership in the midst of dissolution, Wolf Block outlined some of its activities over the past four-and-a-half years.

The firm still employs six full- and part-time employees and contractors. As of the time of removal, Wolf Block was still engaged in active litigation, including some that named former partners of the firm as co-defendants and were pending in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and before the American Arbitration Association, the firm said.

Wolf Block also has claims for contingency fees relating to pre-dissolution work for matters that are pending in courts in New Jersey, New York and Texas, the firm said. Wolf Block regularly engages in collection efforts for receivables for pre-dissolution work, according to the motion.

Aside from litigation matters, Wolf Block has been responding to requests from former clients and former attorneys for files created pre-dissolution, preparing and filing its own tax returns with state and local taxing authorities and responding to subpoenas and requests for information from government authorities, third parties and former Wolf Block attorneys regarding pre-dissolution work and employees, the firm said in its motion.

In a declaration by Wolf Block General Counsel Susan French that was attached to the motion, French said Wolf Block has also been dealing with threatened litigation in New Jersey, pending insurance coverage claims, negotiations with creditors related to pre-dissolution debts, a "routine" Internal Revenue Service audit of Wolf Block's now-closed 401(k) plan and issuing K-1 tax forms to former partners.

A call to Wolf Block's counsel, Jodi Cagan Murland, was not returned. Nor was a call to Federal Insurance's attorney, Stanley J. Lehman of Sherrard, German & Kelly in Pittsburgh.

Gina Passarella can be contacted at 215-557-2494 or at gpassarella@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @GPassarellaTLI.

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