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Convicted King of Class Actions Builds Aviary, Regrets Nothing

Bill Lerach, the convicted felon once labeled the lawyer who brought corporate America to its knees, was giving a tour of his six-acre estate when he noticed pots of bamboo lined up at the end of the driveway.

Not far from the tennis court at his mansion north of San Diego, the disbarred multimillionaire attorney who pioneered securities class-action suits was building an exotic-bird aviary for toucans, hornbills and parrots. The bamboo would be planted to hide poles holding up the enclosure’s net.