U.S.class action king Weiss sentenced to 30 months

2/06/2008 - 19:59

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Melvyn Weiss, whose New York law firm dominated U.S. class action litigation for nearly three decades, was sentenced on Monday to 30 months in federal prison after admitting to paying secret kickbacks to clients.

Weiss also agreed to pay $10 million in fines and forfeiture under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Los Angeles. Weiss pleaded guilty to a single racketeering charge in March.

(Reporting by Gina Keating; editing by John Wallace)

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