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College admissions scandal: Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli can stick with their law firm, judge says

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Lori Loughlin and her husband, J. Mossimo Giannulli, leave a courthouse in Boston on April 3 after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme.
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A judge says actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, J. Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented USC.

The couple appeared in Boston federal court Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case.

Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firm’s work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers.

The judge is expected to rule later on a potential conflict with another firm representing the couple that also represents other defendants in the case.

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The couple are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team, even though neither participated in the sport. They have pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors accused top CEOs, two Hollywood actresses and a legendary fashion designer of taking part in an audacious scheme to get their children into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies. 


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