Thursday, December 19, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

The battle between a now-dissolved Upland-based law firm and a legal defense trust that caters to peace officers has entered the courtroom.

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) Legal Defene Fund has filed a lawsuit against formally Upland-based Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir, and Attorneys Dieter C. Dammeier, Michael A. McGill, Saku Ethir, Kasey L. Sirody, and Peter Horton.

The case, filed November 26, 2013 in Orange County Superior Court, alleges fraud related to alleged overbilling by the law firm.

Managing Partner Saku Ethir previously told that the firm was resisting pressure, from the Trust’s administrator, to scuttle defense cases that may prove too costly. Ethir said the trust leveled overbilling allegations after the law firm refused to cooperate.

Lackie, Dammeier was the largest provider on the Trust’s panel of lawyers. The discourse has generated shockwaves within the law enforcement group’s membership.