WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case against a failed thrift's law firm that could affect hundreds of pending and future cases against lawyers and accountants.

The Supreme Court agreed to review a decision by the federal appeals court in San Francisco that reinstated a government suit against O'Melveny & Myers, a Los Angeles law firm that represented a failed thrift's subsidiary when it issued $22 million in two limited real estate partnerships in 1985.

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