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Miccosukee Tribe seeks removal of judge in dispute with lawyers






The logo of the Miccosukee Tribe

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is seeking the removal of a federal judge from a messy dispute involving its former attorneys, The Daily Business Review reports.

The tribe has accused three former attorneys of malpractice and fraud. Those attorneys -- all of whom are former federal prosecutors -- have fired back and are seeking sanctions against the tribe and its current attorney.

Judge Marcia Cooke has been presiding over the matter and has reportedly expressed frustration with the tribe's current attorney. So the tribe wants her removed, citing alleged bias, the Daily Business Review said.

The tribe was represented by Guy Lewis and Michael Tein of
Lewis Tein. The firm's high fees were exposed in a wrongful death lawsuit involving two tribal members. The tribe was relieved of paying a $4.1 million judgement.

The tribe was also represented by Dexter Lehtinen. The tribe claims his faulty legal advice exposed the tribe and its members to million of dollars in fines and penalties regarding per capita payments.

Get the Story:
Why the Miccosukee's Want Judge Cooke Off the Bench in Sanctions Case (The Daily Business Review 9/11)

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