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Is will bequeathing millions to the attorney who wrote it valid? That depends, says court (MI)

ABA Journal

October 9, 2015

Mark Papazian, a Michigan lawyer who drafted a will and trust for a long-time friend and client, must prove that he did not exert undue influence in order to keep the $14 million the man left him and his two children.


Fight for Benson trust headed to a mediator (TX/LA)

San Antonio Express-News

October 19, 2015

Lawyers for both billionaire Tom Benson and his daughter and grandchildren agreed Monday to seek an agreement through a mediator on future control of a contested trust, estimated at almost $1 billion in value, left by Benson’s first wife, Shirley Benson.


Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson and daughter agree to mediation in Texas lawsuit (TX/LA)

The Times-Picayune

October 19, 2015

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged daughter have agreed to work with a mediator on a possible settlement in the fight for control over the family’s assets in Texas, lawyers for both sides said Monday (Oct. 19).


Experts say free speech at stake in ‘American Sniper’ appeal

Beaumont Enterprise

October 21, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legal experts say important free speech issues will be at stake when an appeals court considers whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is entitled to the $1.8 million judgment he won against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.


Tears and Terror: The Disturbing Final Years of Mickey Rooney

The Hollywood Reporter

October 21, 2015

Mickey Rooney shrieks in pain. Is he OK? “No, I’m not,” he says, choking back tears. It’s July 2010, inside The Grill on the Alley in Thousand Oaks, and in the midst of an interview with one of the authors of this piece, the diminutive 89-year-old has been kicked under the table by his eighth wife, Jan, as confirmed by his stepson, Chris Aber, who also is at the table. “She kicked him real hard,” says Chris with a laugh. Rooney’s offense? Rambling in his answers.


Former judge disqualified from serving in office (TX)

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

October 21, 2015

A former state district judge is prohibited from ever running for judicial office in Texas, according to an agreement.

Former 105th District Judge Angelica Hernandez signed the agreement Oct. 15 in lieu of disciplinary action related to a string of complaints filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.