Below is the first part of an article by Daniel Fisher from It reads…

It was a routine little piece of litigation, the kind of lawsuit plaintiff attorneys file practically every time one public company buys another in this country. Most end with the lawyers getting a nice fee, while their clients get little to nothing at all.

In this case, one man got something more: His name on a lawsuit he says he never agreed to file. The lawyer who put his name there nearly lost his license for a year, and the rest of us have a good example of why class actions are often more about enriching lawyers than their clients, and why the legal profession should do a better job of policing itself.

On Sept. 7, 2010, Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to buy Seattle biotech company ZymoGenetics for $885 million in cash, an 84% premium to the previous day’s market price.


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