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Lawyer arrested after allegedly assaulting attorney in court (The Desert Sun)
A 47-year-old disbarred attorney from La Quinta was arrested today after he allegedly tried to assault another lawyer inside a courtroom at the Larson Justice Center.
Illinois attorney general to sue Countrywide, citing 'unfair and deceptive' lending practices (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
CHICAGO - The nation's biggest mortgage lender engaged in "unfair and deceptive" practices to get homeowners to apply for risky mortgages far beyond their means, according to a civil lawsuit Illinois' attorney general planned to file Wednesday.
Sunrise hires city attorney, denies it's a sweetheart deal (Sun-Sentinel)
Was her city about to give its new attorney a sweetheart deal?
Iowa attorney general warns of scams after flood (Quad-City Times)
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller advised residents to beware of scams in the wake of the floods.
Illinois attorney general sues Countrywide, CEO (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The Illinois attorney general is suing Countrywide Financial, the troubled mortgage lender, and Angelo Mozilo, its chief executive, contending that the company and its executives defrauded borrowers in the state by selling them costly and defective loans that quickly went into foreclosure.
Officials: Ex-Attorney Arrested After Attempted Courtroom Attack (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
A disbarred attorney is accused of attacking a former legal rival in an Indio courtroom.
Illinois attorney general to sue Countrywide over lending practices (Chicago Tribune)
The nation's biggest mortgage lender engaged in "unfair and deceptive" practices to get homeowners to apply for risky mortgages far beyond their means, according to a civil lawsuit Illinois' attorney general planned to file Wednesday.
Attorney asks to be let out of Abraham drug case (Detroit News)
Abraham's attorney, Richard Morgan Jr., has filed a motion to withdraw as counsel citing a 'breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.'
Slidell lawyer seeks seat on state district court (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Slidell lawyer Richard A. "Rick" Swartz has announced his candidacy for the District C judgeship on the 22nd Judicial District Court for St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
Backers Expect Attorney-Client Privilege Bill to Pass (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A bill that would protect attorney-client privilege during federal investigations of corporations has gained the backing of a dozen high-profile senators, 32 former federal prosecutors and groups ranging from the ACLU to the Chamber of Commerce, says Susan Hackett, senior vice president and general counsel for the Association for Corporate Counsel.
Disbarred Gardena lawyer arrested in assault on another attorney in Indio courtroom (The Press-Enterprise)
A disbarred lawyer is accused of attacking another attorney Tuesday morning inside an Indio courtroom.
Aquitted officers will return to work - lawyer (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
Four Whakatane police officers found not guilty of assaulting a prisoner with batons and pepper spray would be returning to active duties in their home town, lawyer Susan Hughes QC said this evening.
Lawyer admits to wire fraud in sale (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
WORCESTER - An Oxford lawyer has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for allegedly misappropriating nearly $2 million from a client from Ireland.
eTreppid lawyer: E-mail messages leaked to defame company, Gibbons (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A lawyer for eTreppid Technologies quizzed the company's former software designer in court Tuesday about copies of e-mails he was supposed to produce for the federal civil trial, and said the messages were fakes and used to defame Warren Trepp, his company and Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Supreme Court sentences lawyer of Thaksin to 6 months in jail (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced each to six months in jail a lawyer and legal clerks of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for violating court's authority in connection with the case that a court official received a pastry box filled with Bt2 million in cash.
Montgomery rules out run for Ohio attorney general post (The Toledo Blade)
COLUMBUS - Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery insisted yesterday she will not reconsider her decision not to run for her old office, even as Republican alternatives appear to be dwindling.
Attorney General Bill McCollum unveils plan to fight gangs (Orlando Sentinel)
Attorney General Bill McCollum outlined his strategy for fighting gangs Tuesday, calling the increase in gang violence across Florida in recent years "alarming."
The Lawyer Awards: Freshfields scoops Firm of Year, Mark Howard top barrister (The Lawyer)
Lord Falconer presented Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the coveted Law Firm of the Year prize at The Lawyer Awards, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night. ...
Pineville lawyer quits Board of Ethics (KATC 3 Lafayette)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- (AP) _ Pineville lawyer Michael Johnson is the latest of the 11-member Louisiana Board of Ethics to resign since new laws restricted its powers.
State attorney general's identify stolen (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway - who this month announced a special unit on cybercrime - has found himself the victim of identity theft.
State attorney general's identify stolen (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway - who this month announced a special unit on cybercrime - has found himself the victim of identity theft. When Conway tried to buy some music on iTunes (EYE'-toonz), the company wouldn't accept his credit card, saying the billing zip code didn't match their records. The state's top legal officer says someone had stolen his credit card number and ...
Branson puts clerk, attorney under aldermen's supervision (The Springfield News-Leader)
The city clerk and city attorney will be under the supervision of the Branson Board of Aldermen instead of the city administrator, aldermen have decided.
Court denies attorney reinstatement (News On 6 Tulsa)
Associated Press - June 25, 2008 8:05 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state Supreme Court is refusing to reinstate an Oklahoma City attorney who was convicted of stalking and attempting to...
Aziz's lawyer offers to support Boris in probe (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Tareq Aziz on Wednesday offered to support London Mayor Boris Johnson who is being probed for possession of a cigar case belonging to Iraq's former deputy prime minister.
Aziz lawyer to help London mayor in probe (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The lawyer for Tareq Aziz on Wednesday offered to support London Mayor Boris Johnson who is being probed for possession of a cigar case belonging to Iraq's former deputy prime minister.
TEXT MESSAGE SCANDAL: Council attorney: Is it city or Kilpatrick challenging ouster? (Detroit Free Press)
Bill Goodman, special attorney for the Detroit City Council, will file a motion for Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Ziolkowski asking to clarify whether it is Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick or the City of Detroit that is challenging the council's effort to oust the mayor from office.
Check cashing suspect gets new lawyer (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
This is not Ms. Walker's first time at the rodeo. She was definitely not impoverished before she received the check. A Minneapolis woman who erroneously received and allegedly spent a $2.6 million check from the state has a new lawyer again and a delay in her trial.
Calif. attorney general sues Countrywide Financial (San Francisco Chronicle)
Countrywide Financial Corp. is accused of using misleading advertising and other unfair business practices to trick borrowers into taking on risky home loans they didn't fully understand in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the California attorney general's...
Council attorney: Is mayor or city challenging ouster process? (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- The city council's attorney plans to file a legal challenge by the end of the day seeking to clarify whether the attorneys who filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the council's attempts to remove Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are actually working for the mayor or on behalf of the city of Detroit.
U.S. attorney Murphy ready for role on federal bench (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy says he is honored and grateful the Senate confirmed him Tuesday as a new federal judge in Detroit, though he would have liked more time to finish his work as prosecutor.
Calif. attorney general sues Countrywide Financial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Countrywide Financial Corp. is accused of using misleading advertising and other unfair business practices to trick borrowers into taking on risky home loans they didn't fully understand in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the California attorney general's office.
Calif. Attorney General Sues Countrywide Financial (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
Countrywide Financial is accused of using misleading advertising and other unfair business practices to trick borrowers into taking on risky home loans they didn't fully understand in a lawsuit filed by the California attorney general's office Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed on the same day Countrywide shareholders approved the company's takeover by Bank of America. The suit stems from ...
Calif. attorney general sues Countrywide Financial (Detroit Free Press)
LOS ANGELES — Countrywide Financial Corp. is accused of using misleading advertising and other unfair business practices to trick borrowers into taking on risky home loans they didn't fully understand in a lawsuit filed today by the California attorney general's office.
Calif. attorney general sues Countrywide Financial (Washington Post)
LOS ANGELES -- Countrywide Financial Corp. is accused of using misleading advertising and other unfair business practices to trick borrowers into taking on risky home loans they didn't fully understand in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the California attorney general's office.
Aziz lawyer to help London mayor in probe (Middle East Times)
Badie Izzat Aref, the lawyer for Tareq Aziz, has offered to support London Mayor Boris Johnson who is being probed for possession of a cigar case belonging to Iraq's former deputy prime minister.
Torched Invercargill house belongs to Auckland lawyer (The New Zealand Herald)
An Auckland lawyer has been identified as the unlucky owner of a Southland house caught up in a gang war. ASB Bank solicitor Brian Garrity bought the Severn St, Invercargill, property online in mid-2006 without having seen it.
Calif. Attorney General Sues Countrywide Financial (NBC 11 Bay Area)
The California attorney general's office sues Countrywide Financial Corp. for alleged misleading advertising and other unfair business practices used to pitch home loans to consumers.
Bermuda Clears Arkansas Lawyer On Gun Charges (KTHV Little Rock)
A jury in Bermuda has cleared a U.S. lawyer on charges of importing firearms. Gary Barket could have faced a minimum of 10 years in prison had he been convicted.
Lawyer: Disgraced Referee Should Get To Keep Pay (WCBS-TV New York)
A defense lawyer says disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy shouldn't have to return about $500,000 in pay from three seasons starting in 2003. The NBA wants Donaghy to pay it back because he admitted betting on scores of games during that period. But defense attorney John Lauro told a federal judge Wednesday that his client never rigged any games, so he earned the money honestly.
Lawyer: NBA bet-probe ref's should get to keep pay (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer says disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy (DON'-ah-hee) shouldn't have to return about $500,000 in pay from three seasons starting in 2003.
Attorney General Sues Countrywide Over Lending Practices (FOX News Chicago)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial. Countrywide is the nation's biggest mortgage lender, but Madigan contends the company promoted high-risk loans that contributed to the high number of foreclosures in Illinois.
Friends seek leniency for well-known attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
Some high-profile friends are seeking leniency for a well-known attorney who took on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies before he pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a state judge.
Lawyer: Donaghy should get to keep pay (Fox Sports)
A defense lawyer says disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy (DON'-ah-hee) shouldn't have to return about $500,000 in pay from three seasons starting in 2003. The NBA wants Donaghy to pay it back because he admitted betting on many games during that period. But defense attorney John Lauro told a federal judge Wednesday that his client never rigged any games, so he earned the money honestly. The ...
Bernardo confession, man's exoneration shows case not closed on sex killer: lawyer (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
TORONTO - Paul Bernardo's jailhouse confession to a 1987 knifepoint assault culminated Wednesday in the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted man who spent two years behind bars for the crime, a development the man's lawyer said shows the notorious sex killer's story is far from over.
Tough call for Lawyer (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A disbarred Auckland lawyer has given up on his bid to be reinstated.
Lawyer: Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy should get to keep pay (New York Daily News)
A defense lawyer says disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy shouldn't have to return about $500,000 in pay from three seasons starting in 2003. The NBA wants Donaghy to pay it back because he admitted betting on many games during that period.
I saved Schapelle from death, says lawyer (News Interactive)
SCHAPELLE Corby's former lawyer says her family should be grateful to him for saving her from a death sentence.
Lawyer: Disgraced NBA ref should get to keep pay (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense lawyer says disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy shouldn't have to return about $500,000 in pay from three seasons starting in 2003.
Lawyer tried 'cheap appeal' (Perth Now)
A LAWYER used a "cheap appeal to emotions" when she allegedly tried to convince a witness not to give evidence against her lover, a court has heard.
Mo. governor, attorney general spar over money (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A top official for Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt accused Attorney General Jay Nixon of breaking the law in his handling of a court settlement.