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Suit claims Orrick partner didn’t fully pay for architect’s work

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Jeannie Shin is facing a lawsuit by an architecture firm claiming that she illegally copied its plans for improvements to her San Francisco home. The suit by Jennifer Tulley Architects Inc. claims that the purloined plans were used by another architect for Shin’s planned remodel. Shin told Jennifer Tulley Architects’ lawyer in a letter that she had requested itemized invoices from Jennifer Tulley Architects to show why the architect’s hours exceeded the quote for the work. No accounting was provided, and Jennifer Tulley Architects abruptly terminated its services, Shin wrote. (Law360)

Weinstein accusers will receive $17M in bankruptcy deal

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath of the District of Delaware has confirmed a $17 million settlement deal with the Weinstein Co. that compensates many of the women who accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. The money will be divvied up by a claims examiner using a point system. (The Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times)

Lawyer agrees to plea deal in client theft

A former South Dakota lawyer has agreed to plead guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering for stealing from two vulnerable clients. U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman accepted the guilty plea of Rena Hymans in a court hearing Wednesday. (The Rapid City Journal, U.S. magistrate judge’s report and recommendation)