A federal judge has dismissed several of the claims by best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell and set aside a jury verdict last year that awarded her $50.9 million in a lawsuit against her former accounting firm, Anchin Block & Anchin LLP, while granting the firm a new trial.
U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr., issued an order Tuesday dismissing a number of the claims against Anchin, while setting aside the multimillion dollar verdict that was entered against the firm and its former principal, Evan Snapper, on Feb. 19, 2013 (see Novelist Patricia Cornwell Wins $50.9M Judgment against Accounting Firm). The original verdict came after a seven-week jury trial before Judge O’Toole that addressed various claims brought by Cornwell, along with her company Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. and her partner, McLean Hospital neuroscientist Dr. Staci Gruber.
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