Am Law Litigation Daily – Remember how Linklaters’ representation of Barclays in a suit against Bear Stearns cost the firm its client relationship with JPMorgan Chase? It now looks like Linklaters sacrificed its JPMorgan work for nothing. Bloomberg is reporting that Barclays has dropped its Bear Stearns suit with prejudice.
In an amended complaint filed in June, Barclays blamed Bear Stearns and two since-indicted Bear hedge funds managers for causing Barclays to lose hundreds of millions of dollars it had invested in a Bear hedge fund with assets linked to subprime mortgages. (The fund imploded in 2007.) Barclay’s dismissal notice did not offer any explanation for why it was ending the suit. Linklaters partner Lawrence Byrne, whose name appears on the dismissal notice, did not immediately return our phone call.