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Federal appeals court investigating Waco judge (TX)

Estate of Denial

A Dallas-area lawyer who filed a complaint against U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr., alleging he “engaged in abusive sexual contact” with a deputy court clerk in 1998, said his charges are being investigated by a federal appeals court. Ty Clevenger said he received a letter dated Sept. 24 from a deputy clerk at Keep Reading…

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Special judge gets cop’s disputed inheritance case Sgt. Goodwin’s $2.7M inheritance to be reviewed by new court (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — A legal dispute over a police officer’s $2.7 million inheritance has been transferred to the Strafford County Superior Court and Probate Judge Gary Cassavechia, who was recently charged with managing a special docket for the state’s most complex trust litigation cases. By order of administrative Judge Edwin Kelly, Cassavechia will preside over the Keep Reading…

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Steinbeck heirs fight over control of movie rights

John Steinbeck’s heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s books. Steinbeck’s surviving son, Thomas Steinbeck, and the wife of another son, Nancy Steinbeck, filed a petition Oct. 10 with the California Labor Commission claiming the RSWG Literary Agency and agent Geoffrey Keep Reading…

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Marvel, Jack Kirby heirs settle major lawsuit

A long-running legal dispute over the rights to some of Marvel’s most popular characters has finally come to an end and the result was less climactic than most superhero action movies. The family of Jack Kirby, the deceased creator of several beloved characters like Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Spider-Man and The X-Men, has been Keep Reading…

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Amanda Bynes’ ‘parents seek Jamie Spears’ help’

Amanda Bynes’ parents have reportedly been supported by Britney Spears’ father as their daughter receives help. The 28-year-old actress is currently being held under a 5150 involuntary hold in a Los Angeles facility following weeks of worrying behaviour, such as reportedly shoplifting in New York after being arrested for a DUI in California last month. Keep Reading…

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Mentally ill man’s home to be sold by state-appointed guardian (MI)

GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -  A mid-Michigan man is upset after his rights have been stripped to care for his mentally ill son and now the son’s home is being sold by his state-appointed guardian. Lendon Chambers says his wife, Emma, has a terminal illness and his adult son suffers from a mental illness. A Keep Reading…

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Judge John Phillips’s nephew suing Prospect Park Residence (NY)

The trial in the lawsuit alleging medical malpractice in the old-folks-home death of civil court Judge John Phillips begins today. The trial comes four years after the judge’s nephew, Samuel Boykin, first sued over Phillips’s 2008 demise at the embattled Prospect Park Residence, which Boykin says was a sham facility staffed by unlicensed nurses. The Keep Reading…

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