Patricia Cornwell settles lawsuit vs. financial advisers

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FILE - In a Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, author Patricia Cornwell leaves federal court in Boston, after she took the stand in her lawsuit against her former financial management company. Cornwell settled a lawsuit Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, ... against her former business managers, avoiding a second trial for a case that dates to 2009. The author had claimed the New York accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP was negligent in handling her finances and cost her millions in losses or unaccounted for revenue. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) (The Associated Press)

Patricia Cornwell has settled a lawsuit against her former business managers, avoiding a second trial for a case that dates to 2009.

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The author had claimed the New York accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP was negligent in handling her finances and cost her millions in losses or unaccounted for revenue. A federal jury awarded the author $51 million in 2013, but a judge reversed the decision.

An appeals court last year granted Cornwell a new trial. The case was dismissed on Tuesday after the sides reached a settlement.

Cornwell is best known for her series of novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

She declined to comment through a spokeswoman and didn't detail the settlement. An Anchin spokesman could not immediately be reached.