Bartlit Beck Wins Second of Back-to-Back Complete Defense Victories for Ernst & Young

November 2009

After a four-week trial, an arbitration Panel consisting of three former federal judges found in favor of Bartlit Beck's client Ernst & Young in an accountant's malpractice claim brought by the bankrupt estate of Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co.  Metropolitan, a $2 billion investment, real estate and insurance conglomerate, collapsed in 2004 after suffering liquidity problems and a fraud by its senior management.  This is the second successful defense of E&Y by Bartlit Beck in claims stemming from the Metropolitan bankruptcy.  Together, the claimants in the two arbitrations sought over $300 million in damages.  Metropolitan was represented by Susman Godfrey.

Representing Ernst & Young were Bartlit Beck partners Phil Beck, Chris Lind, Chris Landgraff and Scott McBride