Nomura Suit Against Cadwalader Survives Dismissal

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has taken a lot of lumps lately because of its heavy investment in its securitization practice. Late last month it suffered another setback when a New York state court judge refused to dismiss a malpractice suit brought by Nomura Asset Capital Corporation arising from a commercial mortgage financing that Cadwalader handled more than a decade ago. The backstory is complicated, but the litigation raises questions about whether law firms could bear some liability for soured securitizations, even if they followed common industry practices.

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