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Lawyer alleges price fix in Wal-Mart-Netflix deal (San Francisco Chronicle)
A series of lawsuits filed across the country allege that Wal-Mart and Netflix benefited illegally when the world's largest retailer exited the online DVD rental business in 2005. Lawyer Daniel Becnel of Reserve, La., complained in a lawsuit filed Monday in...
Lawyer ordered to pay fees in Nutt e-mail case (SportingNews)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A lawyer for a man who objected to former Arkansas football coach Houston...
No DNA link in '92 slaying, defendant's lawyer says (Chicago Tribune)
A court-ordered search of the FBI's massive DNA database found no match to evidence from the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, a lawyer for a Waukegan man charged in the case said today. Lawyers for Juan Rivera, who is scheduled to go on trial next week for the third time for the rape and murder of Holly Staker in 1992, hoped to find a match in the database to the genetic profile from ...
Granada Hills attorney sentenced in child porn case (Los Angeles Daily News)
A Granada hills-based attorney who pleaded no contest to possessing child pornography on his computer was sentenced Wednesday to five years supervised probation and 1,000 hours of community service
WPB attorney working salmonella cases (WPTV West Palm Beach)
Local food safety attorney is fielding hundreds of calls and has signed 20 clients in the peanut product recall case.
New NT Attorney General must make changes: NAAJA (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) has requested an early meeting with the new Attorney General to call for better treatment of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory justice system.
Attorney stripped of law license after humane society theft (Dayton Daily News)
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has stripped a Fairborn attorney and former magistrate of her law license after she stole money from the Greene County Humane Society while working as its treasurer.
Oakland City Attorney Claims Victory In Long 'Riders' Litigation (KTVU 2 San Francisco)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland City Attorney John Russo Wednesday claimed a legal victory in an eight-year legal battle with two former police officers who were part of a group called the "Riders" and were fired in 2000 for alleged insubordination and misconduct.
Lawyer may face disciplinary action (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — The chief disciplinary counsel of the Rhode Island Supreme Court has filed an ethics complaint against Cranston lawyer Paul B. McCarthy in connection with a mortgage refinancing that he was not authorized to conduct in the state of New Jersey.
Christian ordered to pay attorney fees for contempt (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- An attorney who ignored a court order in the Houston Nutt-Mitch Mustain e-mail fracas has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in attorney fees for being in contempt of court.
Madoff Lawyer Sorkin Among Customers of Bankrupt Investor Firm (Bloomberg)
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ira Lee Sorkin , the lawyer representing suspected Ponzi-scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff , was a customer of Madoff’s investment advisory business before his client’s arrest for allegedly running a $50 billion fraud, according to court papers.
Judge OKs lawyer to represent 2 in cocaine ring case (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A federal judge will allow two co-defendants in a large-scale cocaine ring to be represented by the same lawyer.
Texas attorney general wants legislation to track sexual predators (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By DAVE MONTGOMERY AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling for legislation to track sexual predators who use social-networking Web sites after disclosures that 90,000 registered sex offenders had established profiles on MySpace. The disclosures contradicted the findings of a recent technology industry task force report that downplayed the dangers to children and young people on ...
Judge OKs lawyer to represent 2 in cocaine ring case (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A federal judge will allow two co-defendants in a large-scale cocaine ring to be represented by the same lawyer.
Texas attorney general wants legislation to track sexual predators (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By DAVE MONTGOMERY AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling for legislation to track sexual predators who use social-networking Web sites after disclosures that 90,000 registered sex offenders had established profiles on MySpace. The disclosures contradicted the findings of a recent technology industry task force report that downplayed the dangers to children and young people on ...
Lawyer to fill in for state lawmaker (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
BATON ROUGE -- New Orleans maritime lawyer Greg Ernst was appointed Wednesday to fill the Lakeview area seat of state Rep. Nicholas Lorusso, R-New Orleans, while Lorusso is on active military duty.
State board investigating lawyer's complaint against Dakota County Attorney Backstrom (Pioneer Press)
A Dakota County forensic pathologist on the verge of testifying for the defense in the Nicole Beecroft murder trial unexpectedly pulled out last November, with the trial under way. The attorney for the Oakdale teen later convicted of stabbing her newborn child to death claims the pathologist was spooked by a threatening e-mail from Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom.
Virginia Attorney Gen. Resigns (CBS 6 Richmond)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell is resigning this month to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. McDonnell sent an e-mail to employees in his office shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday announcing his plans to leave his post on Feb. 20.
Kids left to fret over mom's estate after not hearing from attorney (Orlando Sentinel)
Dear Greg: My sister and I are trustees on our mother's revocable trust. Mom died last March and we went to her attorney, Matthew Roby, and paid him $1,200 to settle her estate. His firm met with us twice, filed two forms, and then stopped communicating with us without explanation. We finally gave up and found another lawyer to handle the estate. The problem is, this attorney requested all ...
Obama's DOJ pick is RIAA lawyer who killed Grokster (CNET)
President's latest pick for a senior Justice Department post is Donald Verrilli, the lawyer who pulled the plug on Grokster, sued Google on behalf of Viacom, and represented the RIAA in a file-sharing case against Jammie Thomas.
Attorney: No plotting behind Lancaster land swap (Sentinel & Enterprise)
LANCASTER -- An attorney representing local landowners said his clients never tried to go behind town leaders' backs to orchestrate a land swap with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Former county attorney in critical condition; blood drive scheduled, donors needed (Cleveland Advocate)
According to reports, former County Attorney Jack Hartel is in critical condition in Methodist Hospital in Houston after suffering a fall on Monday.
Attorney General settles lawsuit against Memorial Hermann (Eastex Advocate)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today filed an agreed injunction with the Harris County District Court that resolves the state’s antitrust investigation into Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. The investigation stemmed from allegations that Memorial Hermann unlawfully attempted to prevent other hospitals from successfully opening competitive healthcare institutions in the Houston area.
Convicted killer claims lawyer told him to testify in 1991 murder trial (Grand Forks Herald)
Reginald Tweed didn't want to take the stand during his 1991 murder trial in Fargo, but his lawyer told him he had no choice, he says.
Lawyer appointed receiver at Capital (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A Dayton lawyer Wednesday was appointed receiver of Capital Investments and several related entities. They are accused of selling $11 million in unregistered securities to about 100 investors, many of them elderly.
Emu killer's lawyer boycotted (The Courier Mail)
A HERVEY Bay lawyer who defended a young man who butchered an emu at a Bundaberg zoo said his firm had been threatened with a boycott.
Leesburg Attorney Injured In Shooting (Leesburg Today)
Attorney Todd Sanders, 45, was injured in a shooting Monday evening while at his office on South King Street. The Leesburg Police Department is searching for motives and witnesses to the incidents, as there are currently no suspects in the incident.
IBP: Lawyer's killing an act of terror (Sun Star)
THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Western Visayas strongly condemned the killing of their colleague lawyer Eleazar Casipong. "We, members of the IBP, condemn to the highest degree, such act of senseless barbarism," said IBP Western Visayas governor Raymund Mercado.
Madoff Lawyer Sorkin Among Customers of Bankrupt Investor Firm (Bloomberg)
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ira Lee Sorkin , the lawyer representing suspected Ponzi-scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff , was a customer of Madoff’s investment advisory business before his client’s arrest for allegedly running a $50 billion fraud, according to court papers.
County attorney sees school sex cases as 'disturbing trend' (KTAR 92.3 Phoenix)
The recent arrests of two Valley teachers and a school bus driver on sex charges are signs of what Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas views as a growing trend.
South Whitehall Township attorney declares candidacy for Bethlehem City Council (The Express-Times)
Recchiuti A South Whitehall Township attorney is running for Bethlehem City Council. Democrat Michael Recchiuti, 32, a lifelong city resident, said if elected, he would bring fiscal responsibility in city government, maintain strong and safe neighborhoods, promote responsible economic redevelopment...
Hatch case could hinge on specifics prosecutors may not have, attorney says (Fort Pierce Tribune)
Defense attorney Greg Eisenmenger called on the case’s new criminal judge, Circuit Judge Robert Hawley, to compel the state to comply with Vaughn’s order: that prosecutors specify the allegedly illegal withdrawals within 48 hours of their taking place. Assistant State Attorney Lev Evans said he can’t yet do that.
Madoff Lawyer Sorkin, Koufax Among Firm’s Customers (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ira Lee Sorkin , the lawyer representing suspected Ponzi-scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff , was a customer of Madoff’s investment advisory business before his client’s arrest for allegedly running a $50 billion fraud, according to court papers.
NDP blocking reforms of young offenders laws: B.C. attorney general (CBC)
B.C.'s Attorney General Wally Oppal says the NDP needs to stop demanding tougher laws for young offenders and then standing in the way of the legal reforms.
Attorney general releases rec issues opinion (The Newton Kansan)
The Newton Recreation Commission could choose to enter into an interlocal agreement with a YMCA, but the city and the school board cannot do so on their own, according to an opinion issued by Kansas Attorney General Steve Six. And if the NRC were to enter into an agreement with the Y, the NRC must retain oversight and decision-making authority.
Fort Dix plotter says lawyer refused to negotiate (AP via Yahoo! News)
One of five men accused of plotting an attack on a New Jersey Army installation has told a judge that his lawyer failed him by not trying harder to strike a plea bargain.
Attorney General to provide refunds for Weight Loss customers (WSYR 9 Syracuse)
The State Attorney General says Central New York customers who paid for but never received service from Pure Weight Loss, will receive refunds. The now defunct company closed its doors...
House arrest for lawyer in $400M fraud case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge says a prominent New York lawyer accused of defrauding investors of more than $400 million can be freed under house arrest.
House arrest for NY lawyer in $400m fraud case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Over the objections of prosecutors, a federal judge ruled Thursday that a prominent New York lawyer accused in a $400 million fraud case can be freed under house arrest, noting in his opinion how "glorious" it is to be an American citizen.
House arrest for NY lawyer in $400m fraud case (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By LARRY NEUMEISTER Over the objections of prosecutors, a federal judge ruled Thursday that a prominent New York lawyer accused in a $400 million fraud case can be freed under house arrest, noting in his opinion how "glorious" it is to be an American citizen. Marc Dreier, 58, could be released as early as Monday after the decision by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. Dreier was arrested in ...
Attorney general warns of text message scam (Evansville Courier & Press)
Indiana Attorney Gerneral Greg Zoeller has issued a consumer alert regarding phony text messages.
Accused NY lawyer can be freed on bail: judge (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A high-profile New York lawyer indicted in a $400 million investment fraud can be freed on $10 million bond, but under 24-hour house arrest with armed guards and electronic monitoring, a U.S. judge said on Thursday.
Attorney defends himself (The Central Virginian)
A prominent local defense attorney says he's not guilty. According to the Louisa County Sheriff's Office, John R. "Jack" Maus has been accused of threatening a witness regarding testimony in a high-profile murder trial that was scheduled to begin this week.
House arrest for NY lawyer in $400m fraud case (San Francisco Chronicle)
Over the objections of prosecutors, a federal judge ruled Thursday that a prominent New York lawyer accused in a $400 million fraud case can be freed under house arrest, noting in his opinion how "glorious" it is to be an American citizen. Marc Dreier, 58,...
Attorney: Lead-Deadwood player provoked St. Thomas More fan charged with assault (Rapid City Journal)
An attorney for the women charged with allegedly assaulting a Lead-Deadwood High School basketball player Saturday night said she was provoked by the player beforehand.
Local Attorney Demystifies Inheritance Issues in Reader-friendly Tome (Santa Monica Mirror)
Though it isn’t exactly easy to think about where all your worldly possessions will end up after your death, Santa Monica-based attorney Jeffrey L. Condon urges clients not to put off the necessary evil of getting their affairs in order.
At sentencing, burglar asks to fire lawyer (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Chris Crosby, the bail-jumping burglar of Clermont County, tried to fire his lawyer moments before he was to be sentenced this afternoon. The judge continued the case until Feb. 24 and said Crosby, who has claimed he is indigent, could try in the meantime to hire a lawyer.
Madoff Lawyer Sorkin, Koufax Among Firm’s Customers (Update4) (Bloomberg)
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ira Lee Sorkin , the lawyer representing suspected Ponzi-scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff , was a customer of Madoff’s investment advisory business before his client’s arrest for allegedly running a $50 billion fraud, according to court papers.
Judge slaps Cumbee attorney with $1,000 fine (Daily Herald)
A judge leveled a $1,000 sanction Thursday against the lawyer for convicted murderer John Cumbee, ruling that he had made baseless allegations against the McHenry County State's Attorney's office while trying to win his client a new trial.
Attorney General cracks down on tax loan scams (The Star-Ledger)
Some tax preparation firms pitching instant refunds are scamming customers, who don't realize they're actually getting "refund anticipation" loans with high fees, Attorney General Anne Milgram said yesterday. State consumer affairs investigators cited 38 businesses throughout New Jersey earlier this...