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Jury awards $2.1M to heirs for charges against Glover (NV)

Reno Gazette-Journal

November 16, 2015

A federal jury awarded $2.1 million to the heirs of a man who charged that former Lyon County Public Administrator Richard Glover stole items from their father’s estate.

The jury announced its verdict Tuesday in the suit originally filed against Lyon County and Glover in 2007 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.


Judge orders family suing a deceased Gregg Co. sheriff to sue more people (TX)

November 16, 2015

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) – After suing the heirs of deceased Gregg County sheriff A.A. King, the Barryer family received an order by the court instructing them to sue more people.

Barryer family member Felicia Pierce filed a lawsuit against King’s heirs in September. Pierce’s lawsuit alleges in the early 1900s King forced her ancestor off of approximately 350 acres of land in Kilgore.


Cherry King heirs battle over his estate (NY)

New York Post

November 17, 2015

Relatives of the Brooklyn maraschino-cherry king who shot himself dead as investigators discovered his secret pot-growing operation are brawling over his $8.5 million estate — despite mounting fines and possible foreclosure, according to court documents.

Arthur Mondella’s daughter, Dana Bentz, is demanding temporary control over his estate to settle a $1 million forfeiture and to refinance his Red Hook factory, court papers say. She also claims the company is getting nailed with $55,000 in fines and penalties per month.


Panel Rejects Donald Sterling’s Bid To Regain Los Angeles Clippers (CA)

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

November 17, 2015

Former Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling acted in the best interests of the Sterling Family Trust by removing her estranged husband as trustee and selling the NBA team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Court of Appeal for this district ruled yesterday.

“The credited evidence overwhelmingly supported the probate court’s conclusion that exigent circumstances warranted the sale of the Clippers to prevent extraordinary loss to the trust,” Justice Madeleine Flier wrote for Div. Eight. “The probate court’s sanctioning the sale was correct even though Donald [Sterling], who initially agreed to the sale, purportedly revoked the trust in an effort to block the sale.”