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$412 Million in Attorney Fees Awarded to Plaintiffs Lawyers in Fen-Phen Litigation (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Attorney fees of more than $412 million were awarded Monday to plaintiffs lawyers from more than 70 firms for their work on the massive fen-phen diet-drug litigation, marking the beginning of the end of the "super-mega-fund" class action.
Lawyer seeking to limit pretrial information in Lovette case (The News & Observer)
The lawyer representing the teen charged with slaying a Duke University graduate student wants tight controls on who gets details of the police investigation.
Clemens' attorney targeted (San Francisco Chronicle)
Brian McNamee's lawyers told a federal judge in Houston that Roger Clemens' lead lawyer should be removed from the case because he might be forced to attack the credibility of Andy Pettitte, a former client of the same attorney. "Pettitte is central in every...
Appointee vows fairness in Ohio attorney general's office harassment probe (The Columbus Dispatch)
The senior attorney appointed to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against one of Attorney General Marc Dann's administrators said yesterday that he will "follow the evidence wherever it leads."
MCNAMEE: KO ROGER TOP LAWYER (New York Post)
HOUSTON - Brian McNamee's lawyers told a federal judge yesterday that Roger Clemens' lead lawyer should be removed from the case because that lawyer might be forced to attack the credibility of Andy Pettitte, a former client of the same attorney...
The Attorney General's spokesman did not say how soon his agency would get through the deliberation process over the ... (MCOT - English News By Thai News Agency)
BANGKOK, Apr 10 (TNA) -- Malfeasance charges lodged by Thailand's Assets Examination Committee against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra involving a Bt4 billion (about US$127 million) bank loan for Myanmar were submitted to the Office of the Attorney General Thursday.
Attorney General Martha Coakley Files Brief Challenging President Bush's Child Health Insurance Limits (Medical News Today)
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey supporting New Jersey's challenge to a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy limiting the states' ability to use federal money to fund health insurance for low-income children.
Lawyer seeks protective order in Duke slaying (Greensboro News & Record)
The lawyer for the teen charged with killing a graduate student at Duke University says too much information is leaking out about the case. (Credit: "")
TEXT MESSAGE SCANDAL: Mayor's lawyer confirms secret pact (Detroit Free Press)
Samuel McCargo, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's private but city-paid lawyer, confirmed today in testimony before City Council that he wanted a confidential agreement in a legal settlement to avoid a Free Press public records request that would have exposed the mayor's embarrassing text messages.
McCargo says he felt misled about texts before quitting as Kilpatrick's attorney (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Sam McCargo, the attorney hired by the city to represent Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, testified Thursday he believed he was misled for years about the content of text messages involved in a police whistle-blower action and, after seeing excerpts of them, realized he would have difficulty representing the mayor in certain aspects of the case.
Broker to plead guilty in trading case: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A broker in what U.S. officials called one of the most pervasive insider-trading rings in the last 20 years has agreed to plead guilty to participating in the scheme, his lawyer said on Thursday.
The Attorney General's spokesman did not say how soon his agency would get through the deliberation process over the ... (MCOT - English News By Thai News Agency)
BANGKOK, April 10 (TNA) -- Malfeasance charges lodged by Thailand's Assets Examination Committee against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra involving a Bt4 billion (about US$127 million) bank loan for Myanmar were submitted to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Thursday.
PA attorney general seeks $25 million from tobacco settlement for anti-smoking program (Philly.com)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett this morning urged Gov. Rendell and the legislature to dedicate an estimated $25 million in new tobacco settlement funds to anti-smoking programs.
Attorney general says employee never in pajamas in his apartment (The Toledo Blade)
COLUMBUS — Attorney General Marc Dann denies that his 28-year-old scheduler was ever wearing pajamas in his apartment.
Wis. Attorney General Asks FCC to Block Satellite Radio Merger (Canadian Business)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wants federal regulators to block a deal to join the nation's only two satellite radio companies.
Assumption Parish district attorney won t seek re election (The Houma Courier)
THIBODAUX His long career has seen him serve as the state s youngest Sheriff and, years later as Assumption Parish s district attorney, earn death sentences for a pair of men who killed two Napoleonville banktellers.
City attorney: Text message deal simply 'nuts and bolts' of settlement (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A city attorney Thursday acknowledged she knew potentially "harmful" text messages existed, along with a confidentiality agreement to keep them shielded, but left those details out of her case summary in which she urged the City Council to settle the lawsuits for $8.4 million.
Lawyer seeks protective order in Duke slaying (Greensboro News & Record)
The lawyer for the teen charged with killing a graduate student at Duke University says too much information is leaking out about the case. (Credit: "")
Rezko lawyer: Star witness wasn't close (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CHICAGO | Political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko's lawyer portrayed his client's chief accuser Wednesday as a notorious embellisher who really wasn't very close to Rezko but wormed his way in and sometimes had to sit in an outer office to find out if he could get an appointment.
Ex-Navy Lawyer Explains Guantanamo Leak (NPR)
Former Navy lawyer Matthew Diaz was sentenced to six months in the brig for leaking the names of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay to a rights group. Despite remorse, he says "I can live comfortably with myself, making that decision, based on the facts as they were at the time."
Ventura Defense Attorney Arrested (KEYT 3 Santa Barbara)
A press release sent out by the Ventura Police Department has confirmed the arrest of Ventura Defense Attorney, Mark Stein. Investigators from the Ventura county District Attorney's Office and Ventura PD have conducted a lengthy investigation into Identity Theft and Check Fraud involving Mr. Stein.
Jose Canseco parts ways with his long-time lawyer (New York Daily News)
Robert Saunooke - the lawyer who has represented Jose Canseco for more than five years, including sitting behind the former slugger during the infamous 2005 congressional hearing - told the Daily News that the two parted ways on Tuesday.
Senate approves Dallas lawyer for appeals court (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The Senate has given Dallas lawyer Catharina Haynes its approval to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Haynes won confirmation on a voice vote Thursday to the appellate court that takes cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. She was nominated by President Bush on July 17. She replaces Harold DeMoss, who took senior status last year. Haynes began her career as an attorney with ...
Lovette's attorney's requests denied (News 14 Carolina)
DURHAM - Thursday a Superior Court judge in Durham denied an attorney's request to stop the release of pre-trial information related to the murder of Duke graduate student Abhijit Mahato.
Texas attorney general sues alleged fake license seller (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
A Texas judge on Thursday ordered a company to stop selling fake driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The judge issued a temporary restraining order after Texas Attorney...
Attorney: 14-year-old Pa. girl gets juvenile probation for father's shotgun death (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
PITTSBURGH - A 14-year-old girl acknowledged fatally shooting her father to end years of sexual abuse and could be on probation until she turns 21, her attorney said Thursday.
Rezko lawyer: Star witness wasn't close (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CHICAGO | Political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko's lawyer portrayed his client's chief accuser Wednesday as a notorious embellisher who really wasn't very close to Rezko but wormed his way in and sometimes had to sit in an outer office to find out if he could get an appointment.
Geneseo attorney to run for state's attorney (Quad-City Times)
GENESEO, Ill. — The Henry County Democratic Party has nominated Geneseo attorney Michael Wassell as the Democratic candidate for Henry County state’s attorney in the Nov. 8 general election.
Attorney Criticizes Rumors Surrounding Fatal Fire (The Kentucky Post)
Attorney Scott Croswell lashed out Thursday at what he called "unfounded rumors" surrounding the cause of Friday's Colerain Township fire which claimed the lives of two firefighters.
Lawyer 'fabricated violent robbery' (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A lawyer has been charged with making up a story about being robbed at gunpoint in his office in south-west Sydney.
Graft Verdict For Former Shanghai Boss Due Friday:Lawyer -AFP (Nasdaq)
SHANGHAI (AFP)--A verdict on Shanghai's former Communist Party boss is set to be delivered Friday, his lawyer said, after he became the most senior Chinese official to go on trial for graft in over a decade.
Morrison's lawyer accuses Kline of violating county policy in sexual harassment case (The Kansas City Star)
Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline improperly participated in filing a sexual harassment complaint against Paul Morrison and should be barred from any role in the case, Morrison's lawyer says.
Dive shop owner's lawyer asks judges to dismiss murder conviction (Cyber Diver News Network)
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (9 Apr 2008) — — While David Swain spent 23 hours of yesterday, like every day, locked in his Caribbean prison cell, his lawyer asked the state Supreme Court to throw out the civil suit conviction instrumental in the former Jamestown Town Council member now facing a murder charge.
Lawyer of Greene's son wants records (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A lawyer representing the 15-year-old son of a slain exotic dancer began contempt of court proceedings against the city of Detroit on Thursday, alleging city officials have not provided him with a homicide file and other records a federal judge ordered them to produce.
Australian girl, 6, in case against miner: lawyer (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A six-year-old Australian girl with high levels of lead in her body will be part of a law suit against Anglo-Swiss mining giant Xstrata over alleged pollution, her lawyer said Friday.
Arlington announces bid for county attorney (Arizona Daily Sun)
Another county prosecutor has announced her candidacy for Coconino County Attorney.
DAY 2 OF COUNCIL HEARINGS: Lawyer for city: We should've told you (Detroit Free Press)
City Council members hammered away at Detroit staff lawyer Valerie Colbert-Osamuede for nearly three hours Thursday. By day's end, the veteran lawyer admitted to "lessons learned" and "regrets" -- making her the first person who works for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to speak in those terms about the deal that led to the ongoing text message scandal.
Pa. attorney general calls for antismoking funds (Philly.com)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett yesterday urged Gov. Rendell and the legislature to dedicate an estimated $25 million in new tobacco-settlement funds to antismoking programs.
Sect's lawyer described as principled (AP via Yahoo! News)
Veteran lawyer Gerry Goldstein is known for taking on cases that challenge him and address higher constitutional principles, colleagues say.
Vector Control District's attorney Lisa Copeland quits (The Desert Sun)
Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District attorney Lisa Copeland resigned on Thursday. Copeland has served as legal counsel at the taxpayer-funded agency since the 1990s.
City attorney resigns (The News Virginian)
Waynesboro City Attorney Robert C. Lunger announced his resignation Thursday to accept a job with Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver in its Staunton office. “It’s an opportunity that presented itself, a very good opportunity professionally,” Lunger said. In his letter of resignation, Lunger – the city’s attorney since July 2006 – said that he “would be forever indebted for my ...
Zimbabwe Opposition Says Tsvangirai's Lawyer Arrested - AFP (Nasdaq)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP)--Police in Zimbabwe have arrested opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's lawyer on charges related to a helicopter hired for his presidential campaign, the opposition and a lawyer said Friday.
Female's File Claims Against Ohio Attorney General (WFMJ Youngstown)
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann denies that his 28-year-old scheduler was ever wearing pajamas in his apartment.
Attorney Calls For Crusade Against 'Evil' Of Child Porn (New London Day)
Manhattan attorney Andrew Vachss, who has spent most of 40 years working with abused children, wants to raise the stakes for people who look at
Lawyer Presses For Death Row Inmates' Rights (Hartford Courant)
Death row inmates claim they are being denied access to group religious services, group recreation, use of gym equipment and visits with friends and family, amounting to a violation of their constitutional rights, according to a letter sent to the Department of Correction on Thursday from an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer.
Opposition leader's lawyer arrested ahead of Zimbabwe summit (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Zimbabwe's opposition accused President Robert Mugabe's regime on Friday of stepping up a crackdown by arresting its leader's lawyer ahead of a key summit on the country's post-election crisis.
Geneseo attorney to run for state's attorney (Quad-City Times)
GENESEO, Ill. — The Henry County Democratic Party has nominated Geneseo attorney Michael Wassell as the Democratic candidate for Henry County state’s attorney in the Nov. 8 general election.
State suspends license of attorney for 1 year (NWAnews.com)
A state attorney discipline panel on Thursday yanked for a year the license of a Fayetteville attorney and ordered her to pay $1,450. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition)
Opposition leader's lawyer arrested ahead of Zimbabwe summit (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Zimbabwe's opposition has accused President Robert Mugabe's regime of stepping up a crackdown by arresting its leader's lawyer ahead of a key summit on the country's post-election crisis.
Mississippi Gov., Attorney General, Haggle over Product Liability (Insurance Journal)
Gov. Haley Barbour's conservative allies sided with him as the House tried, and failed, to override his veto of a bill that would've required the state attorney general to keep a list of toys with lea