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Legal News 06/2011



SEC lawyer improperly disclosed informant's name
A lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission improperly disclosed the name of a confidential informant in an FBI investigation, according to a federal watchdog.
Ellington attorney: Client vindicated
COEUR d'ALENE - The appellate attorney in Boise for Jonathan W. Ellington said on Tuesday his client is feeling "vindicated" after the Idaho Supreme Court threw out his second-degree murder conviction and sentence and granted him a new trial.
Attorney General reviews conflict of interest rules
COEUR d'ALENE - The Idaho Attorney General's Office is reviewing letters regarding rules related to conflicts of interest when it comes to city officials and the McEuen Field project.
Van der Sloot lawyer quits over defense strategy
Joran van der Sloot's lawyer has quit defending him against murder allegations in Peru, citing unspecified differences over strategy.
McCoy’s attorney tells jury police lied, planted evidence
LOCKPORT — The attorney for murder defendant Earl Mc-Coy charged in his closing argument Tuesday that one Niagara Falls police officer lied on the witness stand and another planted evidence, allegations the prosecutor dismissed as “absurd.”
Attorney: Suspended officer faces as many as 15 child accusers
A former Colorado Springs police school resource officer could be responsible for sexually assaulting as many as 15 children - three times the number that was initially announced - according to an attorney who plans to sue on behalf of several alleged victims.The new allegations surfaced in court...
Schwarzenegger hires Jen Aniston’s attorney, ‘moves forward’ with divorce
Arnold Schwarzenegger has hired the attorney who represented Jennifer Aniston in her split from Brad Pitt to handle his divorce from Maria Shriver. The Hollywood actor-turned-governor has officially engaged the services of Robert Kaufman, who specializes in keeping star splits low-profile, TMZ reported Wednesday. Kaufman, whose other famous divorce clients...
Attorney: City Bullies Witnesses
Fort Smith attorney Brian Meadors said the city is using heavy-handed tactics to pressure people who participated in a petition drive seeking a special election on a new prepared-food tax.
Arnie Hires Aniston Attorney
The Hollywood actor-turned-governor has officially engaged the services of Robert Kaufman, who specializes in keeping star splits low-profile, TMZ reported Wednesday.
SEC lawyer accused of leak
WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- A lawyer at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission improperly disclosed the name of an informant in an FBI investigation, a report to Congress revealed.
Johnson & Johnson Hid Risks of Antibiotic Levaquin, Lawyer Says at Trial
A Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit knew its antibiotic Levaquin increased the risk of tendon damage in the elderly and failed to properly warn patients or doctors, a lawyer said today at the start of a trial in Minnesota.
Attorney General Koster Releases 11th Annual Report on Vehicle Stops
Attorney General Chris Koster today released the 11th Annual Report on Vehicle Stops. The 2010 report contains analysis on more than 1.6 million stops by 630 law enforcement agencies, including racial and ethnic information about drivers who were stopped.
Lawyer urges federal investigation into attack on hasid
The lawyer for a man badly burned during an alleged arson attempt in a New York hasidic village is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the incident as a hate crime.
Attorney General Koster to open mobile office Monday in Joplin
Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office will open a Joplin site on Monday that will provide mortgage-counseling assistance to individuals, as well as monitor and investigate consumer fraud.
Attorney says she expects aggravated murder charge in Vancouver slaying
Anticipating the filing of an aggravated murder charge, a defense attorney for a Vancouver man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend asked a judge this morning to delay arraignment.
Woodbine: Rahy's Attorney tunes up for Singspiel
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Rahy’s Attorney is not only still going strong at age 7 but appears to have reinvented himself as a long-distance turf runner this season.
Seattle attorney charged with keying badly parked cars
A Seattle attorney accused of keying and leaving threatening notes on improperly parked cars at a downtown parking garage has been charged with malicious mischief.
Fed’s Chief Lawyer Says Shorter Disclosure Delay May Be Harmful
The Federal Reserve’s chief attorney said a two-year delay in identifying recipients of emergency loans from the central bank is appropriate and that a shorter lag may harm the financial system and U.S. economy.
Cohen & Grigsby Attorney Selected as Presenter for Upcoming Seminar on Marcellus Shale
PITTSBURGH , June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohen & Grigsby , a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Bonita Springs, FL , is pleased to announce that attorney Clifford B. Levine will serve as an expert panelist for a seminar titled "Emerging Issues in the Law of Marcellus Shale" on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 . Â The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the ...
Attorney General Koster to open Joplin "mobile office"
Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office will open a Joplin site on Monday that will provide mortgage-counseling assistance to individuals, as well as monitor and investigate consumer fraud.  The mobile office will be located at the Red Cross Shelter on the Missouri Southern State University campus.
Minnesota attorney general says poor, elderly suffer under CenterPoint's pricing policy
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said Wednesday that CenterPoint Energy's pilot program of charging customers higher rates as they use more natural gas was "unfairly picking winners and losers" and should be suspended pending further review.
The American Lawyer Finds Weak Recovery by “Second Hundred” Firms as Emerging Elite of Top-Earners Shakes the Am Law ...
The strong recovery by the nation’s hundred-largest law firms reported last month by ALM’s The American Lawyer was not matched by the next hundred largest , though a striking profits-per-partner gap is due largely to the smaller firms expanding their head counts as the Am Law 100 trimmed.
Subpoenas called bullying by anti-tax group lawyer
A lawyer for a Fort Smith anti-tax group accuses the city of heavy-handed tactics by issuing more than 30 subpoenas to people who were witnesses to signatures on rejected petitions...
Attorney David Neuman Files Multiple FINRA Arbitration Claims Against David Lerner Associates Seeking Recovery of ...
CHICAGO -- Attorney David Neuman announces his law firm filed multiple arbitration claims on behalf of clients of David Lerner Associates . The clients were purchasers of Apple non-traded REITs recommended to them by DLA.
Missouri Attorney General releases report on race and traffic stops
Blacks still more likely than whites to be pulled over;  methodologies of reporting questioned
Attorney accused of keying poorly parked cars in Seattle
SEATTLE – An attorney is accused of keying and leaving notes on cars that were not parked properly at a downtown Seattle parking garage. Ronald Clarke Mattson, 63, is charged with malicious mischief after security officials at Columbia Center allegedly caught him keying a car during a sting operation. According to a probable cause document, the first incident happened March 9 when a woman parked ...
Fed’s Chief Attorney Says Faster Disclosure May Be Harmful
The Federal Reserve’s chief attorney said a two-year delay in identifying recipients of emergency loans from the central bank is appropriate and that a shorter lag may harm the financial system and U.S. economy.
Syrian forces shell town kill 41, lawyer says
Syrian forces killed 41 civilians in an effort to crush pro-democracy protests, a human rights lawyer said on Wednesday, as opposition leaders met in Turkey to plot the downfall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Conservative lawyer urges Ohio panel to reject US health care overhaul as unconstitutional
CINCINNATI — An attorney urged a federal appeals panel in arguments Wednesday to take a stand against expansion of federal power by rejecting President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Robert Muise told the three-judge 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that the law’s mandate to buy health insurance goes beyond congressional authority. The government contends that it’s needed to make ...
Attorney: Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian too weak to leave Detroit-area hospital
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — A lawyer and friend of Jack Kevorkian says the assisted suicide advocate is too weak to leave a Detroit-area hospital where he’s being treated for pneumonia and kidney problems. Mayer Morganroth said Wednesday that the 84-year-old Kevorkian sits up occasionally in his room at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak but is very tired and weak and could be released in a “few days ...
Attorney gets jail for marijuana grow house
A practicing Philadelphia attorney who established and operated a marijuana grow house inside an old warehouse on American Street near Lehigh Avenue was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday.
Lawyer offers police layoff alternative
A lawyer for the Providence Police union claims the city could avoid dozens of police layoffs by offering an early retirement incentive to veteran officers. But Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is moving forward with plans to layoff sixty to eighty officers.
Texas Attorney General Appeals Ban On Prayer At Graduation
Texas' Attorney General is intervening in a case that bars prayer at Medina Valley High School's graduation this weekend.
U.S. Attorney George Holding on the way out, now?
The top federal prosecutor for the eastern third of North Carolina is expected to be replaced with a conclusion to the investigation of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, whose actions are under review by a grand jury.
Attorney General to Open Mobile Office in Joplin MO
(Joplin, MO) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Wednesday he is opening a branch office in Joplin.
Lawyer stung in car-scratching caper
A Seattle lawyer accused of scratching three vehicles with his keys and leaving snarky notes criticizing the drivers' parking skills "has accepted full responsibility for his actions," according to his attorney.
Attorney Claims Colton Haynes Photos Are 'Pornography'
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Attorney accused of keying cars inside parking garage
Police say the cars were parked over the line, but Ronald Mattson went over the top by scratching the vehicles and leaving behind angry notes.
Attorney General Opening Mobile Office in Joplin on Monday
Office will provide mortgage counseling assistance and investigate consumer fraud Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office will open a Joplin site on Monday that will provide mortgage-counseling assistance to individuals, as well as monitor and investigate consumer fraud. The mobile office will be located at the Red Cross Shelter on the Missouri Southern State University campus.
Epilogue: Milton "Al" Galbraigth, former Clearwater attorney
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Mr. Galbraith CLEARWATER — Less than two years ago, Milton "Al" Galbraith, Clearwater's former city attorney, was diagnosed with lymphoma after his left ankle mysteriously swelled to the size of a softball. Mr. Galbraith, 67, who spent the last decade as assistant attorney for St. Petersburg, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday. He was surrounded by family at his ...
Lawyer: Manny Pacquiao settles lawsuit over drug claims with de La Hoya and promoter
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A lawyer for Manny Pacquiao says the boxer has settled a defamation lawsuit against other boxing world figures who intimated he used performance enhancing drugs.
Lawyer: Pacquiao settles defamation lawsuit
Manny Pacquiao has settled a defamation lawsuit against other boxing world figures who intimated he used performance-enhancing drugs, a lawyer for the boxer said Wednesday. Terms of Pacquiao's settlement with fellow boxer Oscar de La Hoya and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions were confidential, attorney Daniel Petrocelli said.
Lawyer: Pacquiao settles defamation lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for Manny Pacquiao says the boxer has settled a defamation lawsuit against other boxing world figures who intimated he used performance enhancing drugs.
Debate over city attorney plan heated
Re-igniting a long-simmering dispute, City Council members on Wednesday blasted the City Attorney's Office for failing to operate within its budget while the city is trying to save every penny.
Robert Sivick named new Hall County attorney
Former Howard County Attorney Robert Sivick, who also is a former Omaha city councilman and former member of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, has been selected to be Grand Island’s next city attorney.
Lawyer: Manny Pacquiao settles lawsuit over drug claims
World champion boxer agrees out-of-court settlement with other boxing world figures
Nine fired Resorts waitresses hire high-profile lawyer
ATLANTIC CITY - Nine former Resorts Casino Hotel cocktail waitresses who say they were fired because their employer didn't think they were sexy enough to wear the casino's revealing new Roaring '20s flapper outfits have acquired a high-profile lawyer to wage their battle.
Wyckoff zoning board attorney facing misconduct charges
Allegedly failed to report involvement in lawsuits and 'severely compromised' his position as a municipal judge in Passaic County, complaint states
Attorney for LH school district asks for dismissal of age discrimination suit
An attorney for the Laurel Highlands School District filed court paperwork asking that an age discrimination suit filed against the district be thrown out.
Attorney General Abbott Supports Signing Of Human Trafficking Prevention Legislation
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today joined Gov. Rick Perry today at a ceremony where the governor signed human trafficking prevention legislation into law.