Estate of Denial news clips (4/26/16)

Probate Judge Rory Olsen Complains to State Bar About a Lawyer in His Court (TX)

Houston Press

March 2, 2016

On January 25, Houston attorney Denyse Ward received an alarming call from Tim Baldwin, an investigator with the Texas State Bar: Baldwin said his office had received a complaint about her from Harris County Probate Court Judge Rory Olsen, regarding her involvement in a case before him — an ugly battle among a fallen police officer’s heirs.

Baldwin told Ward, according to his testimony Tuesday in a hearing over Ward’s motion to recuse Olsen, that the judge’s two-page letter relayed a “general concern” about Ward’s “interaction with his staff” on December 7.


Dozens of Waco nonprofits sued in Life Partners bankruptcy action (TX)

Waco Tribune-Herald

April 11, 2016

A trustee for Waco-based Life Partners Holdings, a company that sells life insurance policies on behalf of the terminally ill, has filed suit against more than two dozen local, state and national nonprofit agencies seeking the return of $2.1 million in donations made before the company filed for bankruptcy protection last year.

Organizations such as Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Rapoport Academy, Baylor Waco Foundation, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and 23 others have been named in the filing in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth. Trustee H. Thomas Moran asserts that longtime Life Partners CEO Brian Pardo made the donations from funds he fraudulently received.


San Antonio judge selected to hear petition case to remove Joel Baker (TX)


April 21, 2016

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – A visiting judge has been selected in the case Smith County residents filed hoping to remove the county’s highest elected official from office.

Paperwork was filed Thursday, selecting San Antonio-based Judge David Peeples to hear the case involving Judge Joel Baker.

Peeples is the senior judge for the 224th District Court in Bexar County and the presiding judge for the fourth administrative judicial region of Texas. He was selected by the presiding judge of the first region, Judge Mary Murphy, after 7th District Court Judge Kerry Russell voluntarily recused himself from the case on Monday.


Prince’s Legal Legacy: Contract Fights, Copyright Battles and Changing His Name

The Hollywood Reporter

April 21, 2016

Mourners scouring the internet to find classic Prince albums such as Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Sign o’ the Times will find the task almost impossible. Many of the top streaming venues like Spotify and Rhapsody don’t have his music, and while there are outlets like Tidal that boast an extensive catalog, the lack of digital omnipresence is in many ways a testament to the fierce and independent nature of this musician.

The story of how Prince — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — changed his name to an unpronounceable “love symbol” in the 1990s during a contractual fight with Warner Bros. is legendary. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as the fourth-boldest career move in rock history. The story goes that the artist wanted to release more music and wanted to own his masters. The record company wouldn’t let him. When that happened, he began appearing in public with the word “slave” written across his face. The change of name even had Warners scrambling to send out font software so that reporters could incorporate the symbol into stories. Many of those writing about the musician just found it easier to speak about him as “the artist formerly known as Prince.”