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Lawyer: Merck scrapped Vioxx study (AP via Yahoo! News)
Drug maker Merck & Co. scrapped a planned study of the cardiac safety of Vioxx once it knew U.S. regulators were going to tone down their warning about heart risks for patients taking the painkiller, a plaintiff's lawyer argued Friday in a product liability trial.
Lawyer: Merck scrapped study on Vioxx (AP via Yahoo! News)
Merck & Co. scrapped a planned study of the cardiac safety of Vioxx once it knew U.S. regulators were going to tone down their warning about heart risks for patients taking the painkiller, a plaintiff's lawyer argued Friday in a product liability trial.
Former DOJ lawyer pleads guilty to conflict of interest charge (KESQ)
WASHINGTON A former U-S Department of Justice lawyer has pleaded guilty to a conflict of interest charge for negotiating for a job overseeing California youth prison reforms.
Lawyer: Merck Scrapped Vioxx Study (WJLA-TV Washington D.C.)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Drug maker Merck & Co. scrapped a planned study of the cardiac safety of Vioxx once it knew U.S. regulators were going to tone down their warning about heart risks for patients taking the painkiller, a plaintiff's lawyer argued Friday in a product liability trial.But Merck's former head of U.S. marketing, David Anstice, testified it was coincidence that the study was
Lawyer wanted child sex, court told (Sydney Morning Herald)
A HIGH-PROFILE lawyer who allegedly fantasised about raping children and animals has been refused bail after arranging to have sex with an undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl. -
Lawyer: Merck Scrapped Study on Vioxx (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Merck & Co. scrapped a planned study of the cardiac safety of Vioxx once it knew U.S. regulators were going to tone down their warning about heart risks for patients taking the painkiller, a plaintiff's lawyer argued Friday in a product liability trial. But Merck's former head of U.S. marketing, David Anstice, testified it was coincidence that the study was canceled in
Attorney general wants to intervene in water quality case (Billings Gazette)
Attorney General Mike McGrath wants to fight efforts by energy development firms seeking to overturn federal approval of water quality standards for rivers affected by coal-bed methane development in Montana and Wyoming.
Attorney general wants to intervene in water quality case (Billings Gazette)
Attorney General Mike McGrath wants to fight efforts by energy development firms seeking to overturn federal approval of water quality standards for rivers affected by coal-bed methane development in Montana and Wyoming. McGrath said in a statement th ...
High-profile attorney drops case against Bishop Skylstad (KREM Spokane)
SPOKANE -- KREM 2 News has uncovered new information about sexual abuse allegations against Spokane Catholic Bishop William Skylstand. A high-profile attorney hired by the accuser tells KREM 2 he has dropped the case.
Local Attorney Faces Seven Felony Counts (WAVE 3 Louisville)
A Louisville attorney will face a judge Monday afternoon, but this time as a defendant. William Ayers was indicted on seven felony counts this week. He is accused of conspiring to post bond for a capital murder suspect an illegal act for any attorney in the Commonwealth. WAVE 3's Anne Marshall investigates.
Belknap County attorney joining attorney general's office (WCAX 3)
LACONIA, N.H. The prosecutor in (New Hampshire's) Belknap County is resigning to join the state attorney general's office.
Ex-client arrested in killing of Santa Cruz attorney (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department has arrested a suspect in the Wednesday slaying of local attorney Jay Bloombecker. Lt. Phil Wowak said Angus Macintyre, 46, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse....
Parks family attorney: See you in court (WOOD TV 8)
DETROIT Two groups feuding over Rosa Parks' estate, including the civil rights pioneer's name and image, will continue their fight in court. An attorney...
Lawyer: Court to hear Parks dispute (AP via Yahoo! News)
Two groups feuding over Rosa Parks' estate, including her name and image, have not reached a settlement and will continue their dispute in court, a lawyer said Friday.
Lawyer: Court to Hear Parks Dispute (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
DETROIT (AP) - Two groups feuding over Rosa Parks' estate, including her name and image, have not reached a settlement and will continue their dispute in court, a lawyer said Friday. "Efforts to negotiate a settlement have failed, so we're heading to trial,'' said Frederick Toca Jr., an attorney representing Parks' 13 nieces and nephews. The family has squabbled for years with the people Parks
Man charged in murder of Live Oak attorney (The Daily Comet)
A man was charged with murder Friday in the shooting death of his former attorney.
Man charged in murder of Live Oak attorney (San Jose Mercury News)
A man was charged with murder Friday in the shooting death of his former attorney. Angus Macintyre, 46, was arrested Thursday after an unidentified man brought him to the county courthouse, saying Macintyre had confessed to the Wednesday shooting of attorney Jay Bloombecker, 61, of Live Oak, authorities said.
SC Attorney General honors deputy sheriff for protecting Dutch Fork student (WIS-TV Columbia)
(Columbia) June 16, 2006 - He risked his life for a student, and the South Carolina Attorney General wants to honor Richland County Deputy Sheriff Rony Maurice for that act of bravery.
Lawyer: Merck stopped study (The Press-Enterprise)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Merck & Co. scrapped a planned study of the cardiac safety of Vioxx once it knew U.S. regulators were going to tone down their warning, a plaintiff's lawyer argued Friday in a product liability trial.
Lawyer allegedly broke law to free accused killer from jail (WHAS 11 Louisville)
In a complicated story dating back to 2004, one man is dead; two attempts on a woman's life, and a lawyer that prosecutors say knowingly broke the law to get an accused killer out of jail.
Lawyer Says Fiduciary Rule Restricts Political Activities and Hurts Job Search (Law.com)
An Orange County, N.Y., lawyer who lost the first round of her challenge to a rule prohibiting political party officials and their law firms from receiving court appointments is taking her case to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Attorney tries to suppress comments from accused murderer (Sun Herald)
PUNTA GORDA -- An attorney for Stephen Smith -- the second defendant accused of killing a corrections officer and a fellow prisoner during a failed 2003 prison escape -- tried Friday to suppress comments made by Smith after his arrest, claiming he was under stress from being treated poorly in prison.
Closing Ark. school would harm students, attorney tells judge (Pine Bluff Commercial)
LITTLE ROCK - Closing the Paron High School would mean long bus rides and irreparable harm for the school's 111 students, an attorney told a Pulaski County judge Friday.
Lawyer killed in Santa Cruz (Register-Pajajonian)
Santa Cruz lawyer Jay Bloombecker was shot to death Wednesday in an incident police are treating as a homicide, according to a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office press release.
SC Attorney General honors deputy sheriff for protecting Dutch Fork student (WIS-TV Columbia)
(Columbia) June 16, 2006 - He risked his life for a student, and the South Carolina Attorney General wants to honor Richland County Deputy Sheriff Rony Maurice for that act of bravery.
Blanco names Lake Charles lawyer, senator’s husband, to LSU Board of Supervisors (2theadvocate.com)
Gov. Kathleen Blanco has named Lake Charles lawyer Benjamin Mount, husband of state Sen. Willie Mount, to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Board to decide fate of BR lawyer (2theadvocate.com)
By JOE GYAN JR. New Orleans bureau Published: Jun 17, 2006 NEW ORLEANS — If a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board hearing committee has its way, a top legislative staffer who appeared as a lawyer at least 17 times in Baton Rouge district court — even though he was not eligible to do so — will be expelled from the state bar.
Lawyer here joins board of student loan agency (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
St. Louis lawyer Greg Upchurch has been appointed to the board of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, the agency from which Gov. Matt Blunt wants to sell billions of dollars in assets in order to fund higher education construction projects and other initiatives.
Local attorney appointed as Danish consulate (Macon Telegraph)
Macon attorney Christopher Smith has been appointed as an honorary consulate by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Smith said.
EMI Settles With New York Attorney General for $3.75 Million (cmt.com)
EMI North America will pay $3.75 million to settle a payola investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. The decision follows similar settlements by three other major record companies -- Universal ($12 million), Sony BMG ($10 million) and Warner Music ($5 million).
Top prosecutor hopefuls blast D.C. lawyer hire (The News Journal)
The two leading candidates for Delaware attorney general Friday questioned the use of a high-powered Washington, D.C., lawyer to help state prison officials during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into prison health care.
Lawyer: Ex-employee a "scapegoat" (Asbury Park Press)
A lawyer representing Richard Ottens Jr., the former United Water Toms River operations manager accused of falsifying and tampering with public records, says his client is being used as a "scapegoat" for United's problems.
Menasha attorney joins Shawano-Menominee district attorney race (The Shawano Leader)
An attorney from Menasha joined the race for Menominee-Shawano County District Attorney on Thursday.
Lawyer acquitted of DWI charge (The Jersey Journal)
A Jersey City lawyer charged with drunk driving after his date - a Hudson County Sheriff's officer - repeatedly rammed his car with hers during a temper tantrum last year has been found not guilty.
Lawyer indicted on charges of forgery, perjury in bail-bond case (Louisville Courier-Journal)
A Louisville lawyer under investigation for acting as a bail bondsman has been indicted on seven felony counts of forgery, perjury and tampering with public records.
NEWS ANALYSIS / Attorney unlikely to have saved Polk, experts say (San Francisco Chronicle)
Susan Polk would have been better served if she hadn't acted as her own attorney, but it wouldn't have averted her murder conviction, jurors and legal experts said Friday. An attorney would probably have cut off any talk of psychics, fairies,...
Fifteen-year-old charged in terror plot from good family, says lawyer (Hamilton Spectator)
BRAMPTON-- A 15-year-old boy who happens to be one of 17 people charged in an alleged plot to stage terrorist attacks in Canada is just a frightened kid from a good family, his lawyer said Friday.
Lawyer Says Rove Won't be Charged in CIA Leak (WTOL News 11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer Says Rove Won't be Charged in CIA Leak (WTOL News 11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Bankrupt lawyer among Britons missing at sea (Times Online)
A HIGH-LIVING international shipping lawyer who has been struck off and declared bankrupt was among three Britons missing off the coast of America last night after their boat sailed into stormy waters.
Lawyer Unable to Serve Doctor Malpractice Complaint (RedNova)
By TOM SHARPE A lawyer for a Santa Fe man who accuses an orthopedic surgeon of misdiagnosing his kidney ailment said he hasn't been able to serve the doctor with a malpractice complaint because the doctor moves around as a medical-circuit rider. Dr.
Selma attorney files suit over Wilcox county jail conditions (Selma Times-Journal)
CAMDEN - A civil lawsuit was filed in Wilcox County Circuit Court today against Sheriff Prince Arnold in behalf of a Wilcox County Jail inmate, Alvonzo Johnson, who is charged with alleged drug trafficking. The suit was filed by Selma attorney George E. Jones, Ill, who represents Johnson.
Attorney general on the fringes of energy probe (The Star-Ledger)
When a legislator asked state Attorney General Zulima Farber on Thursday about her office's investigation into the state's Clean Energy Program, Farber said she hoped to move swiftly on the matter.
Selma attorney files suit over Wilcox county jail conditions (Selma Times-Journal)
CAMDEN - A civil lawsuit was filed in Wilcox County Circuit Court today against Sheriff Prince Arnold in behalf of a Wilcox County Jail inmate, Alvonzo Johnson, who is charged with alleged drug trafficking. The suit was filed by Selma attorney George E. Jones, Ill, who represents Johnson.
Bahraini lawyer elected UN General Assembly president (Middle East Times)
UNITED NATIONS -- Bahraini lawyer Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, a former ambassador to France, was elected president of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, the first woman to hold the post since 1969.
Lawyer Says Rove Won't be Charged in CIA Leak (WTOL News 11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Lawyer's debt deal in turmoil (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Louisville lawyer Ron Sheffer, whose law firm with offices from Paducah to Lexington collapsed under a $16.6 million mountain of debt, would pay most of his creditors less than 2 cents on the dollar under a proposed bankruptcy settlement.
L.A. Attorney named president of California bar (The Daily Comet)
A Los Angeles attorney and former municipal court judge has been elected president of the California State Bar Association. Sheldon H. Sloan, 70, will become the 82nd president of the 200,000-member organization when he takes over for Riverside attorney James O. Heiting in October.
Former Salisbury attorney elected as N.C. bar president-elect (Salisbury Post)
Kannapolis native Janet Ward Black has been approved as president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. A former assistant district attorney in Salisbury, Black will be the first plaintiff's lawyer in the organization's 107-year history and the fourth woman to serve in this role.
Septage plant pays off for attorney (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
TRAVERSE CITY — An attorney who manages Grand Traverse County's failed septage plant pocketed more than $200,000 since 2004 for his work on the project.