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Birth trauma case award to stand at $144M, appeals court rules (MI)

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The damages awarded in a prominent local birth trauma case will remain at $144 million after a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling this week. Southfield-based Fieger Law PC’s $144 million verdict in October 2011 against Beaumont Health and gynecologist Andrew Halperin in a birth trauma lawsuit will stand, a three-judge panel unanimously ruled, despite what Keep Reading…

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Supreme Court affirms ruling in family feud, clears way for children’s inheritance of coffee empire (AL)

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday rejected the appeal of the widow of Mobile coffee baron Leroy Hill, removing the last obstacle to his children’s inheritance of the business that bears his name. Hill’s death in 2009 set off a bitter legal dispute between Debbie Hill, his longtime employee who later became his wife, and Keep Reading…

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Patrick Swayze family claims will was forged

Patrick Swayze‘s estate is in question, and looks as if there could be a legal battle brewing between his family members and his widow Lisa Niemi in the near future according to Wednesday, October 29 reports from Hollywood News Daily. Patrick Swayze family feuds are breaking out with controversy over the “Dirty Dancing” star’s last Keep Reading…

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Cleburne family freed of CPS supervision after 18 months (TX)

CLEBURNE — In less than five minutes, David and Angel Cook’s 18-month nightmare with Child Protective Services was over. On Monday, the agency formally relinquished guardianship over their seven children. CPS had removed their children for more than a year after accusing them of starving to death their four-year-old adopted son, Buddy. “I don’t understand Keep Reading…

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‘Difficult’ mom the reason heirs must fork over $44M (NY)

That’s one heckuva payday. Heirs to a Manhattan real estate fortune will have to fork over $44 million to a law firm for just five months of work – because their mother was such a difficult client, the state’s highest court ruled. Alice Lawrence “was no naif,” Judge Susan Philips Read wrote for the majority Keep Reading…

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Judge sends ex-lawyer to jail for contempt (MO)

NEOSHO, Mo. — Circuit Judge Kevin Selby assessed suspended Joplin attorney Dan Whitworth 60 days in jail Wednesday for contempt of court in a Newton County probate case. Whitworth was taken into custody following a civil court hearing in Newton County Circuit Court and booked into the county jail in Neosho. The 59-year-old Whitworth, who Keep Reading…

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Land of the Free? By measures such as size of government, rule of law, and free trade, we’re out of the top ten.

There was a time, not so long ago, when the United States was considered the world standard for economic freedom. Yes, there were countries out there, like Hong Kong and Singapore, that might have had lower taxes or fewer regulations. But the world could still speak confidently of the American free-enterprise system. No longer. This Keep Reading…

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