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Judge frowns on Reed Smith in lawsuit over billing

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A Lawrence County Common Pleas Court judge rejected four of five objections by the Downtown law firm Reed Smith, which was sued by a youth foster-care foundation in a dispute over fees.

Bair Foundation, New Wilmington, Lawrence County, sued Reed Smith in November for billing it nearly $1 million -- in contrast to the firm's early estimate of $112,000 in legal costs -- to defend the foundation in an employment discrimination lawsuit, according to the complaint.

Reed Smith "went way overboard" on billing in the case, which Bair wound up losing, said Bruce Fox, attorney at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, which represents the foundation.

Reed Smith attorney William Pietragallo II said that his firm still has more facts to present in the case, and that Reed Smith "will prevail."

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