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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

OVERBILLING LEADS TO SUSPENSION

Richard Lancianese's West Virginia license has been suspended for three years due to overbilling a client.  From 2000 to 2007, Lancianese, "knowingly submitted false [and] inflated bills" to BorgWarner, an automotive parts manufacturer, in asbestos-related defense case.  The amount Lancianese overbilled was totaled at $135,878.68. 
 
After discovering that Liancianese billed two of BorgWarner's insurance carriers for the same work, one of Lancianese's firm's partners began an internal investigation that uncovered additional erroneous billings.  After being notified of the overbilling, one of BorgWarner's corporate attorneys filed an ethical complaint against Lancianese. 

Coupled with the suspension, Lancianese must take an additional six hours of continuing education in law office management beyond the normal 12 hours required for reinstatement, as well as pay the cost of the disciplinary proceeding.

The opinion is West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeal Op. 11-0067.

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