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Calif. Appeals Court: Lawyer's Ad Not Defamatory (Law.com)
In a closely watched test of legal solicitations, a California court has ruled that an attorney seeking potential class action plaintiffs did not defame a nail manufacturer. Simpson Strong-Tie sued the lawyer for defamation after he ran newspaper ads looking for owners of wood decks that used screws made by Simpson and two other companies. Simpson argued that the ads' suggestion that its screws ...
Newspaper execs sue Ariz. county attorney, sheriff (Freedom Forum Online)
PHOENIX — Two newspaper executives arrested last October by members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office have sued the sheriff, county attorney and a special prosecutor over the incident.
N.Y. Appeals Court Revives Hearst Heir's $20 Million Fraud Suit Against Spouse, Attorney (Law.com)
A $20 million fraud and legal malpractice action initiated by John Randolph Hearst Jr. against his wife and their attorney has been reinstated by a New York state appellate court. Mr. Hearst has accused his wife of taking advantage of his ill health by transferring more than $20 million of his property into her name, leaving him access to only a relatively small sum and effectively disinheriting ...
Suit is filed over lawyer's lewd acts (The Star-Ledger)
A politically connected Hunter don County lawyer, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after he stood naked and masturbated in an outlet mall parking lot last year, is being sued by the woman who saw him committing the lewd act, according to court papers.
Appeal in dying woman's case draws fire from her lawyer (The Press-Enterprise)
Attorneys for Riverside Medical Clinic are stalling paying a $275,000 award to a dying woman whose melanoma went undetected for years because the clinic lost a tissue sample, the woman's lawyer says.
Mayor's lawyer goes on attack (Detroit News)
A lawyer for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lashed out Thursday at Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
Lawyer says Bali bombers to lodge third judicial review (Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Three Islamic militants who were sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali blasts plan to lodge another judicial review with an Indonesian court, their lawyer said on Friday, which could delay or prevent their execution.
Attorney Fee Award Triples Defendant's Costs in Sears Roebuck Bias Suit (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In an age discrimination suit against Sears Roebuck that resulted in a jury verdict of more than $240,000, the cost to the defendant has more than tripled due to attorney fee awards of more than $560,000. U.S.
N.Y. Appeals Court Revives Hearst Heir's $20 Million Fraud Suit Against Spouse, Attorney (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A $20 million fraud and legal malpractice action initiated by John Randolph Hearst Jr. against his wife and their attorney has been reinstated by a New York state appellate court. Mr.
Calif. Appeals Court: Lawyer's Ad Not Defamatory (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a closely watched test of legal solicitations, a California court has ruled that an attorney seeking potential class action plaintiffs did not defame a nail manufacturer. Simpson Strong-Tie sued the lawyer for defamation after he ran newspaper ads looking for owners of wood decks that used screws made by Simpson and two other companies.
Fake U.S. citizen worked on major terror cases, lawyer says (Detroit Free Press)
Nada Prouty, the Lebanese immigrant who parlayed a sham marriage into U.S. citizenship and key jobs at the FBI and CIA, worked on several counter-terrorism investigations, including the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen, her lawyer said in court documents Thursday.
Attorney Honored For Volunteer Effort (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE - Steve Zega has been named Outstanding Attorney of the Year for his volunteer work with low-income clients.
Attorney to refile lawsuit (Billings Gazette)
GREAT FALLS - The attorney for a current and a former client of D.A. Davidson said he withdrew a lawsuit against the company to retool it and give others the opportunity to join.
Ex-attorney denied bond (Post-Tribune)
VALPARAISO -- Former Lake County prosecutor, Hebron councilman and attorney Michael B. Haughee will not be released on bond while he files an appeal for his March 3 conviction.
Lawyer admits stealing money (The News & Observer)
Disbarred lawyer John McCormick gets 10 years in prison after entering a guilty plea in Orange County Superior Court to five counts of embezzlement.
Attorney in Duke gang rape addresses Palm Beach County lawyers (Sun-Sentinel)
It wasn't pricey lawyers for privileged young men that resulted in declarations of innocence for three Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape in 2006. Rather it was modern technology — DNA and "electronic footprints"— that saved Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans from the possibility of going to prison for 30 years, said James P. Cooney III, Seligmann's attorney. ...
Langford's Attorney Responds To SEC Lawsuit (NBC 13 Birmingham)
Mayor Langford’s Attorney Tom Baddley spoke with NBC13 HD News Thursday to tell Langford’s side of the story, following the filing of an SEC Federal lawsuit against Langford, securities dealer William Blount, and lobbyist Al LaPierre.
Chapel Hill lawyer sentenced on embezzlement, theft charges (Greensboro News & Record)
HILLSBOROUGH (AP) -- The former Chapel Hill lawyer on the run for more than a year has been sentenced to at least nine years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from clients. (Credit: "")
Long-time Savannah attorney announces bid for district attorney (WTOC 11 Savannah)
Another hat is in the ring to be Chatham County's new district attorney.  Lawyer Zena McClain made the announcement today.
False alibi lawyer's sentence cut (BBC News)
A lawyer who gave a false alibi to a man on extortion charges has his prison sentence halved.
Hunter who killed husband will be vindicated: lawyer (CBC)
A lawyer for an American woman facing charges over the 2006 shooting death of her husband in central Newfoundland says his client is innocent.
Pedophile "Pocket Man" dumps his lawyer (Aftenposten)
The man from Bergen who is accused of 25 molestations of young boys has fired his high-profile lawyer.
Houston lawyer to spearhead King & Spalding's Austin expansion (BizJournals)
Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding LLP is continuing to grow its Texas presence, officially opening an Austin office Friday and using a Houston lawyer to do so.
Bingham attorney appointed to ABA antitrust council (BizJournals)
Bingham McCutchen LLP attorney Alicia Downey has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the American Bar Association's antitrust law council, the firm said this week.
Albany attorney resigns amid state investigation over time sheet discrepancies (BizJournals)
An Albany attorney resigned Friday after the state inspector general said that the lawyer exaggerated the number of hours he worked at a state job and often spent time at a country club while allegedly at work.
NY lawyer quits amid charges he held a no-show job (WRGB Albany)
A veteran state lawyer is quitting after being accused by the inspector general of collecting pay without showing up at work. On Thursday, the inspector general said James McCarthy was paid $6,000 over 12 weeks when he didn't show up at state offices to work for correctional services.
Lawyer: Keep private journal of SC teen accused in bomb plot (The Charlotte Observer)
A lawyer for a South Carolina teen accused of plotting to blow up his high school says the 18-year-old's journal should be kept private. Authorities have said Ryan Schallenberger, 18, detailed his plans to attack Chesterfield High School in a diary. On Friday, attorney Michael Meetze said in a motion that making the journal public would hamper Schallenberger's ability to have a fair trial since ...
Lawyer: Keep private journal of SC teen accused in bomb plot (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer for a South Carolina teen accused of plotting to blow up his high school says the 18-year-old's journal should be kept private.
Lawyer: Keep private journal of SC teen accused in bomb plot (WANE-TV Fort Wayne)
Associated Press - May 2, 2008 3:43 PM ET FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - A lawyer for a South Carolina teen accused of plotting to blow up his high school says the 18-year-old's journal should be kept...
Attorney: Assault case against Sean Stewart has been dropped (AP via Yahoo! News)
A judge on Friday threw out criminal charges against Rod Stewart's son, who was accused of punching and throwing bricks at a couple during a 2007 Hollywood Hills melee, his attorney said.
Ohio attorney general admits to affair with employee (The Charlotte Observer)
Ohio's attorney general admitted an extramarital affair with an employee Friday, soon after three of his aides were fired or forced out after an investigation found evidence of sexual harassment and other misconduct. Leader of both parties were critical of Attorney General Marc Dann, one of several Democrats swept into office in 2006 after a scandal over state investments sullied Republicans. He ...
Ohio attorney general admits to affair with employee (AP via Yahoo! News)
Ohio's attorney general admitted an extramarital affair with an employee Friday, soon after three of his aides were fired or forced out after an investigation found evidence of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
Saudi lawyer awarded US human rights prize (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A Saudi lawyer and human rights activist who is banned from travelling abroad has received the International Human Rights Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association (ABA), he told AFP Friday.
Ohio Attorney General Admits To Affair With Employee (WCPO Cincinnati)
Leader of both parties were critical of Attorney General Marc Dann, one of several Democrats swept into office in 2006 after a scandal over state investments sullied Republicans.
Ohio attorney general admits to affair with employee (Las Vegas Sun)
Fri, May 2, 2008 (1:12 p.m.) Ohio's attorney general admitted an extramarital affair with an employee Friday, soon after three of his aides were fired or forced out after an investigation found evidence of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
Lawyer: Journal of S.C. teen accused in bomb plot is private (Las Vegas Sun)
Fri, May 2, 2008 (1:12 p.m.) A lawyer for a South Carolina teen accused of plotting to blow up his high school says the 18-year-old's journal should be kept private.
Attorney General says no prosecution in alleged De Anza gang rape (San Jose Mercury News)
Backing a controversial decision by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office, the Attorney General's office announced this afternoon that it won't push for prosecution against former De Anza College baseball players accused of gang raping a drunken high school student.
Attorney: Assault case against Sean Stewart has been dropped (The Charlotte Observer)
A judge on Friday threw out criminal charges against Rod Stewart's son, who was accused of punching and throwing bricks at a couple during a 2007 Hollywood Hills melee, his attorney said. At the prosecution's request, Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus dismissed felony charges including assault with a deadly weapon, attorney Dana Cole said. Sean Stewart, 27, had denied the allegations and said ...
Attorney: Florida owes full cost of destroyed citrus trees (Naples Daily News)
Tens of thousands of people whose healthy fruit trees were chopped down in an ultimately failed state effort to control citrus canker deserve more than cheap replacement saplings, an attorney for Broward County homeowners told jurors Friday.
Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer Blasts USA Today Over Use Of Star's Image In Drunk-Driving Ad (MTV Music Television)
Lindsay Lohan's lawyer reacted angrily to the use of the star's image in an ad opposing mandatory breathalyzers for cars.
UP lawyer takes up cases of terror accused, becomes colleagues' target (IE via Yahoo! India News)
On Wednesday, 56-year-old Mohammad Shoaib, a Lucknow-based lawyer, faced a mob of lawyers at a Faizabad court.
Ohio Attorney Gen Admits Affair (Time Magazine)
Ohio's attorney general admitted an extramarital affair with an employee Friday, soon after three of his aides were fired or forced out
Suspension recommended for lawyer lobbyist Boose (The Palm Beach Post)
A judicial referee has recommended a three year suspension rather than disbarment for lawyer William R. Boose III, a once-powerful Palm Beach County lobbyist sentenced to prison for his role in a corruption scheme.
Lawyer: Clemens 'pummeled' with unpleasant publicity (San Francisco Chronicle)
Roger Clemens' lawyer says he will talk with his client about whether to press ahead with a defamation suit following a wave of unpleasant publicity in the wake of reports linking the pitcher to numerous women. "He's getting pummeled," attorney Rusty Hardin...
Clemens' lawyer says client 'getting pummeled' (Sports Illustrated)
Roger Clemens' lawyer says he will talk with his client about whether to press ahead with a defamation suit following a wave of unpleasant publicity in the wake of reports linking the pitcher to numerous women.
Lawyer: Clemens 'pummeled' with unpleasant publicity (AP via Yahoo! News)
Roger Clemens' lawyer says he will talk with his client about whether to press ahead with a defamation suit following a wave of unpleasant publicity in the wake of reports linking the pitcher to numerous women. "He's getting pummeled," attorney Rusty Hardin said Friday.
Lawyer challenges Massey's mining contracts, says they don't appear legal (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Massey Energy is being sued by a lawyer who claims the company's miner contracts don't appear to be valid. Richmond, Virginia-based Massey recently began offering guaranteed three-year contracts to individual miners in an effort to cut turnover.
Clemens 'getting pummelled' lawyer says (The Globe and Mail)
Roger Clemens' lawyer says he will talk with his client about whether to press ahead with a defamation suit in the wake of reports linking the pitcher to numerous women
Florida owes full cost of destroyed citrus trees, attorney says (Sun-Sentinel)
Tens of thousands of people whose healthy fruit trees were chopped down in an ultimately failed state effort to control citrus canker deserve more than cheap replacement saplings, an attorney for Broward County homeowners told jurors Friday.
Attorney: Paternity test shows James Brown fathered boy (The Charlotte Observer)
An attorney says a DNA test confirms James Brown fathered the son of a woman who claimed to be the singer's wife when he died. Peter Shahid, an attorney for James Brown II, said Friday that the boy was tested in April before a South Carolina judge ordered a paternity test. The results of the court-ordered test have not been released. The boy is the 6-year-old son of Tomi Rae Hynie, a former ...