“The New York attorney general, whether it’s Cuomo or his predecessor Eliot Spitzer, has always been aggressive when it comes to civil litigation matters,” a government-enforcement lawyer at K&L Gates tells the Times, in response to the news that the AG gave Lehman Brothers’s accounting firm a 32-page lawsuit for Christmas, just days before taking over as governor. “This appears to be another instance where the office is moving ahead of the S.E.C. and any other federal regulator.” Damn. You hear that, Robert Khuzami? Someone’s calling for a lawsuit-off. Time to put down that mulled wine and start cracking some skulls.
Cuomo Sues Ernst & Young Over Lehman [DealBook/NYT]