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Neymar lawyer in 'biggest contract' row
Andre Cury, the Barca board's representative in Brazil who helped negotiate the controversial 2013 transfer from Santos, told Globoesporte that Motta's tweet was "idiotic," as the lawyer could not know all the details of the contracts of other players ...
Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer found dead
The body of a Kenyan lawyer who was representing a client making a complaint against the police has been found. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said it was a "dark day for the rule of law in Kenya". Kenya's police have often been accused of brutality ...
'Serial' Subject Adnan Syed Might Fight for Bail, Lawyer Says
"Serial" podcast subject Adnan Syed, whose 2000 murder conviction was vacated Thursday, should be granted bail because he is neither a flight risk nor a danger to anyone, his lawyer told ABC News today. "We are just starting to look into that and I ...
The Charge Of The Lawyer Brigade
Ed. note: This is the latest installment in a series of posts from Lateral Link's team of expert contributors. Michael Allen is Managing Principal at Lateral Link, focusing exclusively on partner placements with Am Law 200 clients and placements for in ...
Lawyer: Woman Required to Tell Cosby She Was Talking to Cops
Bill Cosby's lawyers say the accuser in his criminal case had to tell him she was going to talk to police under terms of their confidential civil settlement. Cosby asked a federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday to void the 2005 settlement and order ...
Lawyer: Woman required to tell Cosby she was talking to cops
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby's lawyers argued on Friday that a woman accusing him of sexual assault had to notify him before she spoke to police last year under the terms of their confidential civil settlement. Cosby wants a federal judge in Philadelphia ...
Lawyer: Proposed Sentence for Convicted Speaker 'Absurd'
A lawyer for former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says prosecutors are seeking a "ridiculously extreme" prison sentence after his conviction on ethics charges. Defense lawyer Bill Baxley said Friday that the 18-year sentence prosecutors want is ...
Lawyer: Proposed sentence for convicted speaker 'absurd'
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says prosecutors are seeking a “ridiculously extreme” prison sentence after his conviction on ethics charges. Defense lawyer Bill Baxley said Friday that the 18-year ...
Litigation finance firm sues IP lawyer Ray Niro
An English litigation financier is suing well-known intellectual property lawyer Ray Niro in federal court for more than $450,000, a move the Chicago attorney calls “ridiculous.” The firm, 1st Class Legal, says it hasn't been fully paid on $3.5 million ...
Cosby's lawyer argues sex assault accuser should repay settlement
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby's lawyers argued on Friday that a woman accusing him of sexual assault had to notify him before she spoke to police last year under the terms of their confidential civil settlement. Cosby wants a federal judge in Philadelphia ...
Lawyer in Led Zeppelin-Spirit trial suspended for 'serious misconduct' in earlier case
The lawyer who failed to persuade a Los Angeles jury in June that Led Zeppelin stole the introduction of “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier song by L.A. rock band Spirit has been suspended from practicing law. He was cited for “serious misconduct ...
Hulk Hogan Lawyer Continues Offensive Against Gawker With Two New Clients
On Friday, Gawker revealed that the Los Angeles lawyer is continuing his offensive and is representing at least two more clients in demands against the company. In both instances, Harder, a founding partner at Harder Mirell & Abrams, sent letters ...
Lawyer wants man's catheter-obtained urine sample dismissed
Ryan Kolbeck, a Sioux Falls lawyer and president of the South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he doesn't know what state law would permit the use of catheters to obtain a urine sample. He said the procedure should not be used in ...
Homer Glen lawyer-turned-defendant thrown out of courtroom for talking
Gold-Smith has previously told Rozak as "a real jailhouse lawyer" he often discusses cases with other inmates from the Will County jail. On Friday, Gold-Smith was seated in the jury box with other inmates when bailiff Cheryl Ferguson reminded him that ...
Jeralyn Lawrence elected secretary of national lawyer group
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, has been elected secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Currently on the academy's Board of Managers, she ...
A former lawyer who's been running a business remotely for 8 years shares her favorite tools for working on the road
Spotty wifi, noisy cafes, and constantly changing time zones are all par for the course. But these stumbling blocks haven't stopped Jodi Ettenberg, a former corporate lawyer who left the legal profession to travel in 2008, from working while roaming ...
Stamford lawyer takes another shot at literary success
The Stamford writer is hoping that the buzz surrounding her new novel, “All Is Not Forgotten” (St. Martin's Press, $21.31), might mean that her days of juggling a writing dream with a career as a lawyer are numbered. The psychological thriller, which ...
Murder case lawyer says rights violated
A Carroll County Sheriff 's Office deputy questioned Christopher Kevin Butler before reading him his Miranda rights, and later investigators kept questioning Butler after he requested a lawyer, according to a motion filed Friday in Carroll County ...
Kenya: Execution of Lawyer, 2 Others - What We Know So Far
Nairobi — Three police officers arrested over the disappearance of a lawyer, his client and a taxi driver will now face murder charges after bodies of the three victims were found dumped in a river in Kilimambogo. Inspector General of Police Joseph ...
Kenya: Investigate Killings of Lawyer, Two Men
(Nairobi) – Kenyan authorities must urgently investigate the killing last week of three men, including a human rights lawyer, and ensure that those found responsible are held to account in fair trials, 34 Kenyan and international human rights ...
Donald Jelinek, Lawyer for Attica Prisoners, Dies at 82
Mr. Jelinek was at a law firm in 1965 when he volunteered to work during the summer for the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union, representing mostly workers from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, ...
Bet you can't wait to play a foolish foreign lawyer in the latest Phoenix Wright game
In the distant land of definitely-not-Tibet, Phoenix Wright must contend with a legal system in which the psychic abilities give the dead a chance to testify, and people call him “foolish foreign lawyer”. (That sounds a lot better in Japanese than it ...
Lawyer wants man's catheter-obtained urine sample dismissed
Ryan Kolbeck, a Sioux Falls lawyer and president of the South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he doesn't know what state law would permit the use of catheters to obtain a urine sample. He said the procedure should not be used in ...
Wind Industry Lawyer: Brexit Could Help us Kill More Birds and Bats…
Good news for bird-haters and bat-loathers. A lawyer working for the wind industry says there may, after all, be a silver lining to the Brexit vote: apparently, once Britain is independent, we'll be freed of all those pesky EU regulations designed to ...
Lawyer says singer Don McLean trying to intimidate alleged domestic violence victim
CAMDEN, Maine — The attorney for the alleged victim in the domestic violence assault case against renowned singer/songwriter Don McLean is asking the court to penalize McLean for what her lawyer said is an attempt to intimidate his client. Attorney ...
Atlantic Beach attorney disbarred and Jacksonville lawyer suspended
Two local attorneys are among the 16 Florida lawyers disciplined by the Supreme Court, the Florida Bar announced last week. The Supreme Court hands down discipline after the Florida Bar investigates complaints against lawyers. The most round of cases ...
Gingrich, Christie vetted as top VP picks by lawyer who vetted Palin
They are being vetted by the same lawyer who vetted Sarah Palin in 2008, attorney Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., The Washington Post reports. Gingrich is said to be the campaign's first choice, with Christie a close second. Culvahouse, a former White House ...
Kenya: Hundreds Protest Over 'Extrajudicial Killing' of Human Rights Lawyer
Willie Kimani protests A protester smears her hands with mock blood during a protest against the death of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their driver in Nairobi, Kenya, July 4. Lawyers have boycotted the courts in protest at Kimani's ...
Blackshear city judge resigns after lawyer claims to have tape of judge using racial slurs
Futch, 56, who still holds his elected post of Bacon County State Court Judge, found himself at odds last month with lawyer John Thigpen Jr. The attorney was offering free legal representation to people cited by the Blackshear Police Department ...
Pro bono spotlight: Dozens get legal advice at June Ask-A-Lawyer
Ask-A-Lawyer has been one of the many services offered each year. Nonprofits provide information on ways they offer assistance in the community, a live band plays, health screenings are offered, volunteers distribute groceries to families and attendees ...
Disbarred Dickie Scruggs called world's richest lawyer
The national digital publication Money Inc.says disbarred Mississippi lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is the richest current or former attorney in the world with $1.7 billion. Nat Berman of New York, author of the article, said Scruggs is best known ...
Iraq lawyer accused of smearing Brit troops wins bid to have tribunal kept secret
A “TANK chaser” lawyer accused of smearing UK troops has won a fight to keep a tribunal he faces secret. Despite hauling soldiers through repeated traumatic probes to win compensation cash, Phil Shiner successfully argued he is too unwell for an ...
Don Jelinek, leftist lawyer and former Berkeley councilman, dies
“Representing the black farmer was a shock for a Wall Street lawyer accustomed to impersonal, professional relationships timed to the quarter hour,” Mr. Jelinek later told an interviewer. “If Paul Revere had tried to warn black Mississippi, I thought ...
Ponca lawyer helps tribes win massive water settlements
Brossy has focused on helping tribes gain passage of water settlements within Congress and recently helped a Montana tribe gain passage of a $460 million settlement with the federal government. She recently was named one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under ...
Idemitsu, founding family set date for talks on Showa Shell deal: lawyer
The family has said it sees no chance of compromise on the issue, and the meeting next Monday afternoon in Tokyo - the first since Shosuke Idemitsu voiced opposition publicly through his lawyer - was arranged at the request of Idemitsu Kosan, the ...
Egyptian Hijacker's Lawyer Seeks Human Rights Expert
The lawyer for an Egyptian hijacker fighting his extradition has been given 17 days by a Cypriot court to seek out a human rights expert who could support Seif Eddin Mustafa's argument that being sent back could put his life at risk. Judge Dona ...
Federal court suspension upheld for lawyer who sued Led Zeppelin; sanction stems from Usher case
During Guice's initial call to Malofiy, the lawyer explained that he represented the plaintiff, Guice didn't need to talk to him, and Guice was the defendant, according to the factual findings. Malofiy didn't explain that Guice's status as a defendant ...
Lawyer Wins $10 Million Dressed in a Chicken Suit
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) — A former high school student who was mobbed at a pep rally while wearing a chicken suit was awarded $10.5 million in his lawsuit against a Southern California school district. Kern High School District agreed to pay $10.5 ...
Google Asks to Punish Oracle Lawyer Who Spilled Apple Secrets
It's pretty rare for courts to sanction lawyers for violating a protective order, but such examples are not unprecedented. Google is relying on a federal rule, and it is calling for Alsup to fine Hurst and Oracle for civil contempt of court. Such fines ...
Batey Lawyer Files Motion To Withdraw From Case
Batey Lawyer Files Motion To Withdraw From Case. 10:49 AM, Jul 5, 2016. 31 mins ago. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc ...
Peter Thiel's Lawyer Threatens Deadspin Over Feature on “Betting Expert” RJ Bell
RJ Bell, the “Vegas oddsmaker” in charge of the sports betting website Pregame.com, and subject of a lengthy investigation by Ryan Goldberg on Gawker's sister website Deadspin, has enlisted Charles J. Harder—the same lawyer who has threatened ...
Lawyer to Vatican Court: Client Not Likable, but Not Guilty
The lawyer for a woman at the heart of a trial over leaks from the Vatican said Tuesday her client may not be likable, but that she shouldn't be convicted just because she's "unpleasant, insufferable, arrogant and presumptuous." Lawyers for the five ...
Country club's lawyer sides with rogue staffer to help union: suit
A Westchester country club says the attorney it hired to handle disputes with staff instead sided with a rogue bartender who harassed club members — all to curry favor with the worker's union over a side deal. The Westchester Golf Club in White Plains ...
Jordon Almgren suit: County's lawyer pushes back against family's claims, says deputy acted responsibly
MARTINEZ -- In a sharp rebuttal to claims that county officials were indirectly responsible for the stabbing death of 9-year-old Jordon Almgren, a Contra Costa County lawyer accused the Almgren family's attorney of distorting the truth and argued that ...
Crisis Erupts Over Police-Linked Killing Of Kenyah Human Rights Lawyer
July 5, 2016 (GIN) – Four police officers have been arrested in the torture/murder of a noted Kenyan human rights lawyer and two other men. The Law Society of Kenya called it “a dark day for the rule of law” and a countrywide boycott of the courts has ...
Judge: 22 BP fraud charges against lawyer duplicate others
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The 95-count fraud indictment against a San Antonio lawyer and six co-defendants could be shorter when trial begins in Mississippi on federal charges accusing them of inflating a client list for BP oil spill litigation. Twenty ...
Richmond: WCCUSD retaliated against special needs boy, lawyer says
RICHMOND -- The lawyer for a special needs high school student who recently sued West Contra Costa Unified School District over claims of ongoing sexual abuse now says district officials retaliated by denying the teen's application to continue ...
22 BP fraud charges against lawyer duplicate others: judge
GULFPORT, Miss. — The 95-count fraud indictment against a San Antonio lawyer and six co-defendants could be shorter when trial begins in Mississippi on federal charges accusing them of inflating a client list for BP oil spill litigation. Twenty-two ...
Ask the Lawyer: If a falling tree branch injures me, who is responsible?
Ron Sokol is a Manhattan Beach attorney with more than 30 years of experience. His column appears on Wednesdays. Email questions and comments to him at [email protected] or write to him at Ask the Lawyer, Daily Breeze, 21250 Hawthorne Blvd., ...
Lawyer loses license over failed Maxim loan scam
A former lawyer at the white-shoe firm Bryan Cave was stripped of his license Tuesday for his role in an elaborate scam involving the failed purchase of Maxim magazine. A Manhattan appeals court says Harvey Newkirk's recent conviction for wire fraud ...