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Law’s Cassandra Burke Robertson discussed federal judge removing attorneys from lawsuit against FirstEnergy Corp.

Federal judge removes FirstEnergy attorneys in shareholder lawsuit, asks for applications to replace them

headshot of Cassandra Burke Robertson Cassandra Burke Robertson, the John Deaver Drinko-BakerHostetler Professor of Law and director of the Center for Professional Ethics, said that said judges in civil cases can remove attorneys if they believe their clients are being poorly represented—which could be the case of a federal judge who dismissed attorneys representing FirstEnergy Corp.’s shareholders in a lawsuit over the House Bill 6 bribery scandal. “The judges are in charge of overseeing the quality of the lawyering,” she said. “But usually with well-heeled corporate clients, you usually don’t need that.”