Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
John J. Piegore (argued), Sanchez & Daniels, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.
John J. Koresko (argued), Koresko Law Firm, Bridgeport, PA, Douglas A. Cipriano, Flossmoor, IL, for Defendants-Appellants.
Martin G. Durkin, Jr., Christopher W. Carmichael (argued), Holland & Knight, Chicago, IL, for New York Life Insurance Company.
Steven A. Levy, Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Chicago, IL, for U.S. Trust Company.
Bruce Braverman, Sidley Austin, Chicago, IL, for Sidley Austin, LLP.
Daniel B. Meyer, O'Hagan Spencer, Chicago, IL, for Thomas J. Murphy.
Michael P. Tone, Ross, Dixon & Bell, Chicago, IL, for Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLC.
Peter S. Roeser, Grippo & Elden, Chicago, IL, for Grippo & Elden, LLC.
John I. Grossbart, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Chicago, IL, for Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Richard S. Order, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider, Hartford, CT, for Axin, Veltrop & Harkrider, LLP.
Donald A. Murday, Chittenden, Murday & Novotny, Chicago, IL, for Hartford Life Insurance Company.
Steven M. Hartmann, Freeborn & Peters, Chicago, IL, for Charles Webster.
Ellen M. Babbitt, Babbitt, Land, Silverstein & Warner, Chicago, IL, for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.
Lee T. Polk, Barnes & Thoornburg, Chicago, IL, Mellon Trust of New York.
John A. Goudge, Greene & Letts, Chicago, IL, for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Daniel J. McMahon, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, Chicago, IL, for Wayne Bursey.
Clinton A. Krislov (argued), Krislov & Associates, Chicago, IL, for Clinton A. Krislov.
Before BAUER, POSNER, and SYKES, Circuit Judges.
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
BAUER, Circuit Judge.
This case involves some of the most convoluted complicated issues that legal minds can produce; what started out as a relatively simple class action evolved into battles among lawyers, suits and countersuits, settlement fights, multi-state and multi-court cases that finally bore more resemblance to a Pier-10 brawl than legal actions.
For our purposes, however, the case appears to have resolved...
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