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Perth lawyer avoids jail (Perth Now)
A PERTH lawyer has walked out of court after avoiding a jail term for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
4:16 p.m. Attorney files class-action lawsuit against Rita Hunter (The Joplin Globe)
An attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit in Jasper County today against Jasper County Public Administrator Rita Hunter, asking that she either be removed as conservator or ordered to repay what he describes as excessive fees charged to between 450 and 500 of Hunter’s clients.
Author sues attorney, ASU professor (BizJournals)
A local mystery writer is suing a Phoenix attorney, his law firm and an Arizona State University professor who co-founded the Phoenix Film Festival.
Detained opposition leader Suu Kyi meets lawyer (The Nation - Thailand's English news)
Rangoon -- Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to meet her lawyer for the first time....
Elk Grove foreclosure attorney, voted as one of nation's best, sees hope amid crisis (The Sacramento Bee)
As an attorney, Jonathan G. Stein long ago carved out a legal specialty in consumer debt cases. His timing was good. Amid the downturn in housing, he has become a leading foreclosure expert. Jonathan Stein, who practices in Elk Grove, was named as one of top U.S. lawyers in his field.
Q&A: Tribal lawyer says there’s a united front on California gambling (The Sacramento Bee)
Howard Dickstein is a tribal lawyer who fought major casino expansions that voters approved for four Southern California tribes. He is sounding an alarm over prospects of an initiative to overturn a state Supreme Court ruling by restoring state lottery Keno games. Howard Dickstein
County attorney candidates trade barbs (Quad-City Times)
Labor Day is two weeks away, with election day just eight weeks later, but the race for Scott County attorney is starting to heat up with accusations and counter-accusations.
Attorney General files suit against Sunmart (Cleveland Advocate)
On the morning of July 31 the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed suit against Petroleum Wholesalers, L.P., the parent company of Sunmart service stations, in Harris County. The Attorney General’s office is accusing Petroleum Wholesalers of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act (DTPA).
Attorney general files suit against petroleum wholesale (Deer Park Broadcaster & Progress)
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took legal action Thursday against Petroleum Wholesale, L.P., after an investigation by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) found that The Woodlands-based company’s gas stations routinely failed to pump the amount of fuel its customers actually purchased.
Gasso's attorney defends client's record (The Mail Tribune)
GOLD HILL — Reports of the city's water plant being in less-than-acceptable condition last week are unrelated to the performance of former Public Works Director Royal Gasso, his attorney says.
Former municipal attorney charged with theft in real estate transaction (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A former municipal attorney on probation for child pornography charges was arrested for allegedly keeping $9,500 he was holding in escrow in a real estate transaction.
BHC attorney joins crowded race for bench (Mohave Valley Daily News)
KINGMAN - A Bullhead City attorney is facing off against three others for a seat on the Mohave County Superior Court bench.
Robert Montgomery; flamboyant big-case lawyer; 78 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Robert Montgomery, a lawyer who marshaled a silvery Southern drawl and incisive strategy to win 65 settlements of $1 million or more, including billions from the tobacco industry awarded to Florida in 1997, died Aug. 3 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was 78.
November Election A Lawyer's Delight (Forbes)
Whether Obama or McCain wins, tort reform appears dead in Washington.
Myanmar's detained opposition leader Suu Kyi meets lawyer (New Kerala)
Yangon, Aug 11 : Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to meet her lawyer for the first time after five years under house arrest, opposition sources have said.
Myanmar's detained opposition leader Suu Kyi meets lawyer (IANS via Yahoo! India News)
Yangon, Aug 11 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to meet her lawyer for the first time after five years under house arrest, opposition sources have said.
Vetting No Hurdle For U.S. Attorney Hopeful Albritton (The Tampa Tribune)
Government ethics officials have reported no significant ethical hurdles or conflicts of interest that should prevent A. Brian Albritton of Tampa from becoming the next U.S. Attorney for Florida's Middle District.
MITOCHONDRIAL DNA TEST RESULT FLAWED, SAYS SIRUL'S LAWYER (Bernama via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
SHAH ALAM, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- A defence lawyer in the trial for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu argued in court today that the result of mitochondrial DNA test conducted by chemist J. Primulapathi had flawed.
Belarus court sentences U.S. lawyer to three years (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A court in Belarus jailed a U.S. lawyer for three years on Monday on charges of industrial espionage and carrying forged documents, a verdict certain to plunge relations between the two countries deeper into crisis.
Lawyer M Ravi arrested and charged with disturbing mosque prayers (Channel NewsAsia)
SINGAPORE : Singapore lawyer M Ravi was charged in court on Monday for disturbing a religious assembly. The lawyer, who has represented the Singapore Democratic Party in previous civil cases, was allegedly disrupting evening prayers at the Jamae Chulia mosque on August 3 at about 7.30pm.
Lawyer M Ravi arrested and charged with disturbing mosque prayers (Channel NewsAsia via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
SINGAPORE : Singapore lawyer M Ravi was charged in court on Monday for disturbing a religious assembly.
Mich. attorney general's office says Detroit mayor violated bail terms (Baltimore Sun)
DETROIT (AP) _ Michigan's attorney general says Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated the terms of his bail in an assault case a day after his release from jail over a bail violation in another case.
Lawyer criticizes RCMP for warning public about Nunavut sex offender (CBC)
The lawyer for a repeat sex offender who returned to Iqaluit last week said RCMP were wrong to warn the public about her client's release.
Texas attorney general sues Carrollton nursing home over death (Dallas Morning News)
The state attorney general's office is accusing a Carrollton nursing home of contributing to a woman's death after its staff failed to provide some patients with functioning oxygen machines during a power outage.
Lawyer Survey Ranks Thompson Hine Among Top 10 Nationwide (Centre Daily Times)
For the fourth straight year, Thompson Hine LLP has received high marks in The American Lawyer's annual job satisfaction survey of midlevel associates. This year, Thompson Hine ranked eighth nationally. In the market-by-market analysis, the firm is number one among firms headquartered in Cleveland.
DOD gives Hawaiçi U.S. Attorney top award (Honolulu Advertiser)
Hawaiçi U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo was given the Seven Seals Award by the U.S. Department of Defense for his outstanding achievement, initiative and support of the seven U.S. military reserve branches.
Steve Feuerstein and his attorney win awards from the Montana Trial Lawyers Association (Billings Gazette)
Billings Police Officer Steve Feuerstein and his attorney have been recognized by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association for their efforts in a discrimination lawsuit.
Birmingham Attorney Inducted As New President Of National Lawyers’ Group (NBC 13 Birmingham)
Birmingham litigation attorney H. Thomas Wells was formally inducted as the president of the American Bar Association.
Detroit-area attorney helps found biofuel firm (WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids)
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Bloomfield Hills attorney Bradley Schram has a lot of energy _ 10 million gallons of it right now _ and he wants to double and triple it by the end of this...
Steve Feuerstein and his attorney win awards from the Montana Trial Lawyers Association (Billings Gazette)
Billings Police Officer Steve Feuerstein and his attorney have been recognized by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association for their efforts in a discrimination lawsuit. Feuerstein was one of three recipients of the MTLA Citizens Award handed out at the ...
Berg named acting U.S. Attorney for Detroit (Detroit Free Press)
Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg will be the interim replacement for U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy when Murphy becomes a federal judge next week.
Detroit-area attorney helps found biofuel firm (Battle Creek Enquirer)
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bloomfield Hills attorney Bradley Schram has a lot of energy — 10 million gallons of it right now — and he wants to double and triple it by the end of this year and next.
N.Y. attorney general expands auction rate inquiry (Investment Executive)
Andrew Cuomo, attorney general of New York state, today announced that his office is expanding its investigation into the auction rate securities scandal.
LA lawyer sentenced in lawsuit kickbacks case (The Fresno Bee)
A lawyer who pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense as part of a major lawsuit kickback scheme was sentenced Monday to two months in federal prison and fined $50,000. Read comments
Local Milberg Weiss Attorney Sentenced In Kickback Scheme (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
A Century City attorney who funneled at least $900,000 in illegal kickbacks to a paid plaintiff for the New York-based law firm Milberg Weiss was sentenced Monday to two months in federal prison.
LA lawyer gets prison in lawsuit kickbacks case (AP via Yahoo! News)
A lawyer who pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense as part of a major lawsuit kickback scheme was sentenced Monday to two months in federal prison and fined $50,000.
US lawyer gets 3 years in prison in Belarus (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison in Belarus in a case that raised already high tensions between Washington and the authoritarian ex-Soviet republic.
LA lawyer gets prison in lawsuit kickbacks case (Las Vegas Sun)
Mon, Aug 11, 2008 (4:45 p.m.) A lawyer who pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense as part of a major lawsuit kickback scheme was sentenced Monday to two months in federal prison and fined $50,000.
Altantuya Murder Trial: DNA test result flawed, says murder accused's lawyer (The New Straits Times)
SHAH ALAM: A defence lawyer in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial argued in the High Court yesterday that the result of the mitochondrial DNA test conducted by chemist J. Primulapathi was flawed.
Attorney wants Ragsdale response thrown out (Deseret Morning News)
David Ragsdale can argue he was mentally unstable when he fatally shot his wife 10 times in a Lehi parking lot, but his sister cannot she's not an attorney.
Attorney wants expert to testify in dead baby trial (The Hamilton Journal News)
HAMILTON — The attorney for a Hamilton man charged with shaking his infant daughter to death has asked for funding to hire an expert on Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Ex-State Attorney Official Won't Be Charged (The Lakeland Ledger)
BARTOW | After 10 months of investigating, Hillsborough County prosecutors concluded Monday that a former official with the State Attorney's Office in Bartow won't face criminal charges for soliciting prostitution.Arley Smith abruptly resigned last year from his position as director of the pretrial intervention program.
Anderson City Council hires McClain as full-time attorney (Anderson Independent-Mail)
Frankie McClain was hired as the city's new full-time attorney on Monday.
Edwards Scandal Puts Texas Plaintiffs Lawyer on the Defensive (Law.com)
Even as some acquaintances questioned Fred Baron's judgment on Monday, they defended the trial lawyer, saying his loyalty to his friends and his passion for Democratic politics were behind his payments to John Edwards' mistress and the campaign worker who has identified himself as the father of her child. Baron, well known for his role in asbestos litigation, has admitted paying Rielle Hunter ...
Kappstatter: Baez 'goes ghetto' on election power lawyer (New York Daily News)
Everyone's talking about Councilwoman Maria Baez losing it and "going ghetto" on former Bronx Dem Party consigliere and power lawyer Stanley Schlein at the Bronx Board of Elections last week.
Defense Attorney Scott Kinney Arrested (KFSN-TV Fresno)
Scott Kinney has made a name for himself in legal circles. He's also the son of late Fresno defense attorney Ernest Kinney who died earlier this year.
Springfield City Attorney Remembers Close Call (KSPR Springfield)
As the city of Springfield votes to add new security measures, a Springfield city attorney recalls a visit by the man who later went on a shooting spree in Marionville.
Lawyer in kickback scheme is sentenced to two months (Winston-Salem Journal)
LOS ANGELES -- A lawyer who pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense as part of a major lawsuit-kickback scheme was sentenced yesterday to two months in federal prison and fined $50,000. Richard Russell Purtich, who cooperated with prosecutors, apologized at his sentencing.
ACCC tricked billionaire Pratt: lawyer (The West Australian)
Proceedings against billionaire businessman Richard Pratt should be permanently stayed because they are an abuse of process, his lawyer has told a court.
Longtime assistant to step into U.S. attorney post (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- Stephen Murphy, outgoing U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, named his interim replacement Monday: longtime assistant and cyber-crimes expert Terrance Berg.