Conflict of interest argued in Russia hacking case

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SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether lawyers for the son of a Russian lawmaker charged with hacking into U.S. businesses will be allowed to stay on the case.

Attorneys for Roman Seleznev plan to tell a judge Friday morning that the Fox Rothschild law firm took his case and later learned one of his alleged victims was a former client. They say no conflict of interest exists because the hacking case and the work they did for the other client was different. But a victim of the hacking scheme has argued a conflict exists.

Seleznev was indicted in 2011 and arrested on charges he hacked into U.S. businesses and installed software that allowed him to steal more than 200,000 credit card numbers. He's pleaded not guilty.