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Corrupt Ohio probate judges discussed

Estate of Denial

Janet Phelan reports on corrupt judges in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. From KBOO Community Radio: I am writing you with a number of further concerns about Cuyahoga County Magistrate David M. Mills. What I have uncovered in the intervening time between our first email exchange has led me to question his fitness for his position. David Keep Reading…

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Judge affirms $3.2M verdict for Gill trustee (GA)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (CN) – The custodian of a trust established by fugitive real estate mogul John Gill is entitled to a $3.2 million jury award for damages stemming from the conversion of the trust’s funds, a federal judge ruled. U.S, District Judge Clay Land confirmed the award in a case that pitted Daniel Van Gasken, Keep Reading…

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Tom Benson seeks expedited appeal in fight over Texas trust’s control (TX/LA)

Tom Benson wants to expedite his appeal of a Texas judge’s ruling that has ousted the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans as steward of a trust that had been set up to benefit his now-estranged daughter. In paperwork filed in Texas’ 4th Court of Appeals, Benson’s lawyers said the two men appointed Keep Reading…

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Aunt Jemima heirs’ $3 billion lawsuit against Pepsi, Quaker Oats tossed by judge

Pepsi and Quaker Oats have just escaped a potentially sticky legal situation. The two companies have been granted a dismissal in a lawsuit brought against them by two men claiming to be the great-grandsons of Anna Short Harrington, who portrayed syrup and pancake figurehead Aunt Jemima. Dannez W. Hunter and Larnell Evans, Jr. filed suit Keep Reading…

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Ernie Banks’ caretaker ordered to give full accounting of his assets (IL)

In his 19 seasons playing baseball on the North Side, Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks never earned a salary higher than $75,000, a pittance compared to the multimillion-dollar contracts thrown at ballplayers today. But Banks’ trademark smile and unwavering optimism made him a fan favorite and marketer’s dream. For years after Banks’ retirement in 1971, Keep Reading…

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Prospect Park Residence owner to pay $750,000 in death of ‘kung-fu judge’ (NY)

Hi-yah! The embattled owner of a Park Slope assisted-living facility will pay $750,000 to the estate of a beloved Brooklyn judge, known for holding a black belt in karate, thanks to a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit claimed that Prospect Park Residence owner Haysha Deitsch was running a sham facility staffed by Keep Reading…

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Flashback perspective on Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff

As Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff has been a major player in the Benson estate battle, this 2009 “profile in probate law”  offers some interesting insight. From San Antonio Business Journal: Over Tom Rickhoff’s career, he fought in the battlefields of Vietnam, spent several years prosecuting the Mafia in New Orleans, and sat on Keep Reading…

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