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Plaintiff Lawyer Veteran Takes on Reynolds in First Smoker Case
A plaintiffs’ lawyer who claims more than 150 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more says he expects a big payday from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in his first cigarette case.

Attorney withdraws request for padlocking McLin Funeral Home
DAYTON — An attorney representing the plaintiff in a 2009 lawsuit against Scherrie McLin, owner and funeral director of McLin Funeral Home Inc. has withdrawn a request to padlock the funeral home.Attorney Scott Liberman, who represents TBF Financial LLC, withdrew the request Wednesday morning after a McLin representative made arrangements to pay the $6,600 McLin owes the company.

U.S. attorney targets pharmacy robberies
U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty says federal investigators will consult with local authorities on all pharmacy robberies in Maine.

Commissioner Goodell, Labor Lawyer to Get $1 Pay If NFL Has Work Stoppage
Roger Goodell ’s salary will drop to $1 a year if the National Football League and its players can’t avoid a work stoppage.

Attorney: Mental Exam Won't Prevent Court-Martial for Fort Hood Shooting Suspect
The attorney for the Fort Hood shooting suspect says a military panel's mental evaluation of his client won't prevent the Army from pursuing a court-martial.

No witness tampering from Phoenix councilmen, county attorney says
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said investigators found no evidence of witness tampering by Phoenix City Council members Michael Johnson and Michael Nowakowski in the case of Phoenix police Officer Richard Chrisman.

St. John's pharmacist treated unfairly: lawyer
A lawyer for a pharmacist charged with fraud says officials at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the province's pharmacy board have portrayed his client unfairly.

Lawyer: Stabbing of VA Paratrooper Was Tragic Accident
The lawyer for a Fort Bragg soldier accused of stabbing a Virginia paratrooper to death says it was a tragic accident.

Lawyer: NC man's money not for Hezbollah fighters
A re-sentencing hearing for a man serving a 155-year prison term focused Wednesday on whether donations to the militant group Hezbollah could be directed to the organization's fighting efforts.

Policeman denies framing lawyer
A senior police officer denies trying to make a top City lawyer the "fall guy" for an arson attack while also having an affair with his wife.

Reynolds Is First Tobacco Target for Veteran Lawyer
Willie Gary, the Florida trial lawyer who won a $500 million verdict against a funeral-home chain in a contract dispute and $240 million over claims that Walt Disney Co. stole his clients’ theme-park idea, is now turning his sights on R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Possible Break in Case of Federal Attorney Found Dead in Potomac River in 1999
Police say they are one step closer to solving the case of a young federal attorney whose body was found 12 years ago on the banks of the Potomac River.

Attorney: Dismiss lawsuit over I-95 speed cameras
An attorney for the company that helped set up traffic cameras to catch speeders on Interstate 95 in Jasper County has asked a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging their use.

Truck in fatal hit run was recently sold, lawyer says
The woman who owned a pickup truck suspected in the hit-and-run that killed a 21 year-old valet last Saturday says that she sold the vehicle three months ago, a lawyer for the dead man's family

Former district attorney gets Northeastern post
Former Suffolk District Attorney Ralph Martin has been named to a top post at Northeastern University.

Defense lawyer: Cole Puffinburger's abduction staged by mom
A defense lawyer for a man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old Nevada boy in 2008 in hopes of recovering $4.5 million in drug money says the boy's mom and grandmother staged the kidnapping.

Attorney General John Suthers could use some Facebook friends
Nearly a month after the Colorado Attorney General's Office joined Facebook , the agency still has only fourteen "likes" — and it's easy to understand why. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers hasn't exactly been a friend to the social-networking site. Back in April, ...

Attorney General Bondi Files Emergency Rule Banning the Dangerous Synthetic Drug Marketed as "Bath Salts"
Attorney General Pam Bondi joined FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey and Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen and other law enforcement officials, as well as legislative leaders, to announce the filing of an emergency rule that will add substances containing MDVP, commonly known as ?bath salts? to the schedule of controlled substances.

Attorney general Bondi bans drug known as "bath salts"
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced the filing of an emergency rule that will ban substances containing MDVP, commonly known as "bath salts."

Attorney: Police delayed action in Long Island murder case
An attorney for the family of a woman whose body was found on a desolate Long Island beach says the New York Police Department initially gave no attention to reports of a missing person.

District Attorney Gary F. Dobias is seeking re-election to office
Carbon County District Attorney Gary F. Dobias announced today that he will seek re-election to the Office of District Attorney of Carbon County. A Democrat, he will seek his party's nomination for his sixth four-year term in the May 17 Primary Election.

Attorney General issues ban on bath salts
Attorney General Pam Bondi moved Wednesday to outlaw a previously-legal substance that Panhandle sheriffs warned was being used as a drug.

Lawyer: NC man's money not for Hezbollah fighters
A re-sentencing hearing for a man serving a 155-year prison term focused Wednesday on whether donations to the militant group Hezbollah would be directed to the organization's fighting efforts.

Defense lawyer: Nev. boy's abduction staged by mom
A lawyer for a man accused of kidnapping a Nevada boy as a way to recover $4.5 million in stolen drug money told a federal jury Wednesday the child's mother and grandmother staged the abduction then steered investigators toward the defendants.

Lawyer: Wrong to accept guilty plea
SHAH ALAM: The magistrate should not have accepted the guilty plea of one of the two men in disposing of evidence in the Banting murders.

Defense lawyer: Vegas boy's abduction staged by mom
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense lawyer for a man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old Nevada boy in 2008 in hopes of recovering $4.5 million in drug money says the boy’s mom and grandmother staged the kidnapping.

Russian 'immigration lawyer' charged with fraud
Bilked fellow immigrants, police say A Russian with a portfolio of false identities posed as a South Florida immigration lawyer and bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from compatriots by promising to assist them with immigration and other legal work, police said Wednesday.

Attorney general sides with Quinn on appointments dispute
Gubernatorial appointees who haven’t received Senate confirmation can continue to serve into the next General Assembly, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Billionaire Stanley Ho Sues Family Members for Assets, Lawyer Oldham Says
Casino magnate Stanley Ho filed a lawsuit against members of his family in Hong Kong’s High Court late yesterday, according to his lawyer Gordon Oldham, the same day the billionaire said a dispute over his fortune was settled.

Lawyer studies pension eligibility
Retirement Board waits to take action in case against three policemen convicted in drug probe

SJM's Ho takes legal action against family-lawyer
* Lawyer says Ho's TV statement was "pressurised"

J. Paul Oetken, Openly Gay Lawyer, Nominated as U.S. Judge
J. Paul Oetken is a former Clinton administration lawyer and Supreme Court clerk.

Attorney General to prosecute Copiah Co. capital murder case
The Attorney General's office will prosecute the capital murder case of David Dickerson.

Oakland Mayor, City Attorney Clash Over Outside Legal Adviser
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and City Attorney John Russo traded barbs Tuesday over her decision to have her longtime friend and lawyer Dan Siegel act as an unpaid legal adviser for the city.

Lawyer for Macau's Ho: Going to court over stake
A law firm that says it represents ailing casino baron Stanley Ho is taking some of his wives and children to court, saying they improperly seized his stake in his Macau gambling empire.

Florida Attorney General bans 'bath salts'
Florida Attorney General bans 'bath salts' - At the urging of local sheriff's departments, Flor

Jennylyn's lawyer, manager dismayed over acquittal of former PA
MANILA, Philippines - "May he enjoy his retirement."   This is the short statement that Joji Alonso, the lawyer of actress Jennylyn Mercado, relayed through PEP to Judge Vivencio Baclig of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 77. Baclig recently acquitted Mercado's PA, Rowena "Mel" Pulmano, over charges of qualified theft that the actress filed against her. The lawyer maintains that she ...

Attorney’s health again at issue
MICHIGAN CITY — For the second week in a row, the health of a defense attorney became a matter for discussion in La Porte Superior Court I.

Attorney for Cutler: Identify John Doe 1
He says there's no need to keep protecting the identity of Thom Rhoads, the husband of former candidate Rosa Scarcelli.

Lawyer drops MBTA case
The personal-injury lawyer for one rider who filed suit after a T bus fender-bender now is backing away from his...

Reynolds Should Pay $10 Billion to Smoker, Lawyer Gary Tells Florida Jury
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. should be punished with paying an award of at least $10 billion to a man who developed cancer and emphysema from smoking, his lawyer, Willie Gary , said in an opening statement at a Florida trial.

State Attorney General Bans "Bath Salts"
Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, issued an emergency order, Wednesday, banning a substance called MDVP. Users are known to snort, smoke or swallow it to get high.

Macau tycoon coerced in family brawl, lawyer says
Macau tycoon Stanley Ho was coerced into a bizarre TV appearance declaring an end to a family feud over his vast fortune, Ho's lawyer said Thursday as the gripping saga goes to court.

Attorney for assistant DA seeks to quash indictment as judge resigns case
Ted Steinke, attorney for Collin County Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis, filed a motion Tuesday to have Davis’ indictment quashed. Davis was indicted last week on a state jail felony charge of tampering with a governmental record.

Attorney comments on Davis’ indictment
First Assistant District Attorney Greg Davis was indicted Tuesday on a state jail felony charge of tampering with a governmental record.

Lawyer points east for WA murder motive
EAST coast crime figures may have targeted and killed a convicted drug dealer and his wife near Perth, says a lawyer for one of the men charged with their murder.

Lawyer accuses city attorney of fraud
In a supplemental declaration filed Monday, William McKinnon, the attorney for Grant Reynolds, has asked Napa County Superior Court to sanction the city of Calistoga and its attorney, Leah Castella, for an alleged fraud.

Lawyer points east for WA murder motive
A lawyer says east coast crime figures may have killed a convicted drug dealer and his wife near Perth.

Venice attorney gets four years for bilking trusts
A disbarred Venice attorney went to prison Wednesday in connection with $1.3 million missing from

Attorney general Schneiderman to target contractor fraud
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman plans to roll out a new initiative to crack down on fraud by state and local government contractors. An official in Schneiderman’s office tells The Associated Press the announcement is planned in New York City at 11 a.m. Thursday...