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Billionaire’s Ex-Wife Hires New Lawyer in Civil Suit (New York Times)
The former wife of Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire hedge fund founder, has a new lawyer in her suit against him.
Illinois Asian carp: New York attorney general to file brief in Supreme Court (Chicago Tribune)
Lawsuit wants to close canal in Chicago New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is joining the legal effort to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes because the species could devastate the fishing industry and the environment.
Billionaire’s Ex-Wife Hires New Lawyer (New York Times)
Patricia Cohen, the ex-wife of the hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen, has a new lawyer representing her in the civil racketeering lawsuit she filed against Mr. Cohen, Jenny Anderson writes in The New York Times.
Pretzel Company's Owners Allege Tax Lawyer Got Lost in Twists of IP Law (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Bernard Eizen's Web site bills him as a "renaissance" lawyer, but the tax and estates attorney may have bitten off more than he could chew when he ventured into the realm of intellectual property.
China Dissident Appeals Subversion Conviction - Lawyer (Nasdaq)
BEIJING (AFP) -- Leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has appealed his conviction on subversion charges, but is holding out only faint hopes that his 11-year prison term will be overturned, his lawyer said Monday.
Phila. inaugurates first black district attorney (6abc Philadelphia)
A former assistant prosecutor has been sworn in as Philadelphia's first black district attorney.
Americans Muslims held in Pakistan deny terror plans; planned to help 'victimized' Afghans: lawyer (New York Daily News)
A lawyer for five Americans detained in Pakistan has denied that his clients planned to carry out terrorist attacks inside or outside the country.
The Important Role Of A Personal Injury Lawyer (Turks.US)
Accidents are cannot be postponed or prevented. During these times, it is important that you have to be ready with what you need to do. You should also know where to go or who to call. With this situation, it Is just right that you have to contact a Miami personal injury lawyer.
Liu appeals conviction - lawyer (Independent Online)
Leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has appealed his conviction on subversion charges, says his lawyer.
Time to move forward on U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's nomination: An editorial (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Few public officials in metro New Orleans enjoy the popularity and respect of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Raja Petra May Be Charged For Allegedly Using Foreign Passport - Attorney General (Bernama)
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Today portal editor Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin may be charged for using a foreign passport to leave the country if a report is lodged against him, said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
Oklahoma City pharmacist's lawyer sour at leak of report on youth (Tulsa World)
A lawyer for a pharmacist charged with killing a teenage would-be robber blasted the leak of a confidential psychologist's report that portrays the dead youth's accomplice in the robbery attempt as a victim ...
It's a boy for U.S. attorney and wife (Chicago Tribune)
It was a Merry Christmas for Chicago 's top federal prosecutor, and it had nothing to do with rooting out public corruption or seeing someone in his office win a big trial. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office today confirmed that U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald became a father on Dec. 21, with his wife, Chicago teacher Jennifer Letzkus, giving birth to a baby boy. The couple welcomed Conor ...
U.S. lawyer expelled from Ireland claims discrimination (Irish Central)
American human rights lawyer Matt Schwoebel, who was expelled from Ireland on November 23 last year for allegedly having insufficient funds, is fighting his expulsion and the incident has now been referred to the Police Commissioner.
Rector violates ethics code, attorney says (Pacific Daily News)
Sen. Matt Rector's use of his legislative budget to promote his union activities is a violation of the Legislature's Code of Ethics, according to the preliminary findings of the ethics committee's attorney.
Council considers contracting with retiring attorney (KOB 4 Albuquerque)
The Albuquerque City Council is considering contracting with the attorney who has provided legal advice to the council after he retires.
Barbara McQuade to take spot as U.S. Attorney in Detroit (Detroit News)
Detroit -- Barbara McQuade is to be sworn in this afternoon as the new U.S. Attorney in Detroit, officials said.
Inmate attacks attorney at courthouse (Galveston County Daily News)
GALVESTON Court bailiffs tackled an inmate Wednesday after he broke free from his handcuffs and attacked his attorney, a sheriffs office spokesman said.
Attorney: Man Had Marijuana In System Before Fatal Crash (KETV 7 Omaha)
The county attorney said a man who was responsible for a fatal crash on Interstate 680 tested positive for marijuana after the crash.
D.C. Council seeks to make attorney general an elected job (Washington Post)
The D.C. Council is expected to approve legislation Tuesday that would require the city's attorney general to be elected by voters, not appointed by the mayor, and to meet certain qualifications -- a bill that comes amid the council's ongoing friction with Attorney General Peter Nickles, a longtime...
Arenas, attorney release statements about bringing guns in locker room (USA Today)
Statements just released by Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas and his attorney about the ongoing investigation into Arenas bringing unarmed guns into his locker at the team's Verizon Center:
Amanda Knox Appeal Bolstered By New Lawyer (SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Amanda Knox's parents have hired a top lawyer to help free their daughter from jail.
Lawyer apologizes for abusive tactics (Toronto Star)
A turbulent murder case that cost a Superior Court judge his career took another strange twist Monday when a former defence lawyer admitted to professional misconduct and apologized for what was described as the worst display of incivility ever seen in a Canadian courtroom.
OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver (WPIX 11 New York)
A celebrity lawyer, who won a judgement against O.J. Simpson, is now getting involved in a lawsuit against the estate of a woman who drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway -- killing eight people, including herself.
Lawyer bilked couple: Justice (CNews)
Using an "elaborate" real-estate scam, a Calgary lawyer bilked a city couple and delayed their retirement to Australia, a judge has ruled.
Lawyer threatened outside court room, court told (The Courier)
A MAN threatened to injure a lawyer inside the Ballarat Law Courts building after a bail variation application hearing to allow him to live with his partner was adjourned, a court was told yesterday.
Accused 'phony lawyer' from Duluth seeks dismissal of charges (Pioneer Press)
DENVER — A man convicted in North Dakota for impersonating a lawyer says he shouldn't have to face similar charges in Colorado.
Mississippi attorney serving time in Kentucky prison (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The attorney who successfully prosecuted the murderer of Medgar Evers is now in prison. Check Lu-Ann's Kentucky News Review for more information.
Phony Lawyer`s Attorney Seeks Dismissal (KQCD-TV Dickinson)
A man convicted in North Dakota for impersonating an lawyer says he shouldn`t have to face similar charges in Colorado. Howard Kieffer`s lawyer Nathan Chambers filed a motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver asking a judge to dismiss charges filed in Denver.
DC bill would require election on top city lawyer (The Washington DC Examiner)
WASHINGTON — The D.C. City Council is expected to approve legislation that would require the city's top lawyer to be elected by voters, not appointed by the mayor.
Tenn. attorney general sues cigarette manufacturer (AP via Yahoo! News)
Tennessee's attorney general is seeking an injunction that would require a Colombian cigarette manufacturer to make back payments of $300,000 to the state and pay penalties.
Tenn. attorney general sues cigarette manufacturer (San Francisco Chronicle)
Tennessee's attorney general is seeking an injunction that would require a Colombian cigarette manufacturer to make back payments of $300,000 to the state and pay penalties. According to a news release from Attorney General Bob Cooper's office, Procesadora... Tennessee - Law - Attorney general - United States - Injunction
Confirmation hearing for Chris Christie's choice for attorney general is postponed (The Star-Ledger)
TRENTON -- Gov.-elect Chris Christie's choice for attorney general, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, will have to wait a little longer before her first confirmation hearing. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) said Christie's transition team had requested an...
Ohio Attorney General warning Ohioans about diet scams (89.7 WKSU)
Many Ohioans might be joining gyms and sending off for diet pills in the coming days. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray says exercise good judgment when making those decisions. In an interview with Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles, Cordray explains Ohioans need to take action to make sure the weight they lose isn't in their wallets. WKSU's Jo Ingles reports.
Rathore booked; long way to go: Girhotras' lawyer (New Kerala)
New Delhi, Jan 5 : Molester former Haryana top cop SPS Rathore was finally booked on Tuesday for abetting the suicide of his victim Ruchika Girhotra but the late girl's family lawyer said there is still a long way to go before justice is done.
Paula Dow's first confirmation hearing for state attorney general to be delayed (The Record and Herald News)
TRENTON -- Governor-elect Chris Christie's choice for attorney general, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, will have to wait a little longer before her first confirmation hearing.
Reports: Attorney Scott Blackmun to head USOC (Seattle Times)
Former interim leader Scott Blackmun, a Colorado Springs attorney, will be named tomorrow as new CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune reported this morning.
Confirmation hearing for N.J. attorney general nominee will have to wait (Courier-Post)
Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow will have to wait until Chris Christie officially becomes the governor before he can nominate her for attorney general.
Mental health of Mountie accused of killing Ottawa police officer 'obviously an issue': lawyer (Ottawa Citizen)
The mental health of a Mountie charged with stabbing an Ottawa police officer to death is “obviously an issue” and he might pursue a defence that he's not criminally responsible by reason of mental illness, depending on the outcome of a psychiatric assessment, his lawyer said Tuesday.
US lawyer joins Knox's Italian defense team (AP via Yahoo! News)
Amanda Knox's family says a U.S. lawyer with an international practice will work with their imprisoned daughter's Italian defense team to map strategy for the appeals process.
Cohen’s Ex-Wife Stuns Lawyer by Dropping Him (New York Times)
The lawyer who initially represented Patricia Cohen, the ex-wife of Steven A. Cohen who is suing the hedge fund billionaire in a civil racketeering case, said he was blindsided by her decision switch attorneys shortly after filing the case.
Lawyer for alleged 'third crasher' Carlos Allen admits he attended White House dinner, denies he crashed (Washington Post)
A lawyer for the alleged "third crasher" claims his client went to the White House state dinner after receiving an invitation and still maintains that he was an invited guest. A. Scott Bolden , a veteran Washington white-collar defense attorney, did not provide many details about how Carlos Allen...
Lawyer's Statements in Letter Protected by Privilege, Judge Rules in Libel Case (Law.com)
The former chief executive of a hospitality investment company has lost an attempt to sue his investors' lawyer for libel over a letter the attorney sent claiming the executive embezzled millions of dollars. Frank Orenstein sued attorney Reid Figel and his firm, Kellogg Huber, accusing Figel of libeling him in a letter sent to a business associate. But last week a New York federal judge ...
Lawyer Says Third White House ‘Crasher’ Was Invited (New York Times)
The lawyer for a Washington entrepreneur whom the Secret Service saidattended the White House State Dinner uninvited says the man was invited and stayed for dinner.
U.S. attorney vows swift action (Detroit News)
Detroit's new top federal prosecutor says she will be a force for action in a U.S. Attorney's Office that's been criticized for inertia.
Lawyer's Statements in Letter Protected by Privilege, Judge Rules in Libel Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The former chief executive of a hospitality investment company has lost an attempt to sue his investors' lawyer for libel over a letter the attorney sent claiming the executive embezzled millions of dollars.
Mueller's lawyer denies rehab reports (world entertainment news via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Brooke Mueller's lawyer has dismissed a report she was forced into rehab treatment for alcohol abuse while pregnant with Charlie Sheen's twins.
Lawyer: alleged Fla. Ponzi schemer to plead guilty (AP via Yahoo! News)
Disbarred South Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein is negotiating a guilty plea with federal prosecutors on charges of orchestrating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme using faked legal settlements, his attorney said Tuesday.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray targets lobbyists (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Attorney General Richard Cordray acknowledged in a statement late Tuesday that Ohio already has a legislative inspector general who enforces lobbying law, monitors registrations and collects fines. But he says the intensity of lobbying activity justifies added enforcement.
1 arrested in skateboard assault on GA attorney (News 12 Augusta)
A 15-year-old has been arrested in an assault on a Columbus attorney who was hit in the head with a skateboard after he scolded a group of young people.