BUFFALO, N.Y. — As the legal battle between the two partners of Cellino and Barnes law firm continues to play out in the courts, there are new filings in their bitter dispute.

Steve Barnes is accusing Ross Cellino of "reprehensible conduct" in trying to recruit attorneys and staff, and "poach" cases for the proposed new firm that Cellino wants to form on his own.

Barnes also says Cellino is trying to run down the image of the existing firm and there is an exchange of strongly-worded text messages. Attorneys for both sides are expected back in court Thursday afternoon.