Chapter Closes in Novelist’s Suit Against Anchin

An eight-year legal dispute between a crime novelist and Anchin Block & Anchin of New York (FY15 net revenue of $97 million) has ended.

According to a statement from MP Frank Schettino, the firm has “amicably resolved the dispute with Patricia Cornwell.”

Cornwell, known for her novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, sued the firm in 2009 for negligence and breach of contract, asserting that the firm and former principal Evan Snapper mismanaged her finances, causing the loss of $89 million. A federal jury in 2013 ordered the firm to pay $51 million, but a District Court judge set aside the verdict soon afterward, barring a number of core claims by Cornwell and her spouse Staci Gruber.

An appeals court last year allowed a new trial, which was avoided by the Jan. 17 settlement. Cornwell’s attorney, Joan Lukey, said in a statement that Cornwell will be dismissing the pending litigation in Boston, the Boston Globe reported.