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Overseers of Benson trust funds say settlement offer must update value of Saints, Pelicans (TX/LA)

The New Orleans Advocate

October 2, 2016

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson needs to increase his offer to reclaim nonvoting shares in the two teams as well as other business assets from trust funds benefiting his now-estranged relatives, the funds’ trustees say.

The two sides are trying to settle a lawsuit over whether Benson is offering assets of equal value — as required by law — in exchange for the assets he wants to remove from the trusts set up for his daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc.


Judge suspended, but probate court stays open (ME)

Biddeford Journal Tribune

October 3, 2016

ALFRED — The judge may be suspended, but the York County Registry of Probate and the probate court itself is open for business.

York County Manager Greg Zinser on Friday said the county has hired the services of probate judges from two other counties to fill in during the 30-day bench suspension of York County Judge of Probate Robert M.A. Nadeau.

The suspension without pay began today. It was ordered by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which gave Nadeau a formal censure and reprimand.


Augusta lawyer disbarred (GA)

The Augusta Chronicle

October 4, 2016

The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred Augusta-area lawyer Chris­topher Nicholson, finding his dishonesty in the practice of law and the injury to another a sufficient basis for disbarment.

In an opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court dealt only with the complaint against Nicholson involving his handling of a client’s claims for insurance payouts following an accident.


Family’s fight for “fortune” inches forward after 40 years (RI)

WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

October 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — When Ambrose Mendes passed away in 1976, he had no idea the estate he built from nothing into more than two dozen pieces of East Side real estate and a funeral home would be in dispute four decades later.

The “Ambrose Mendes Jr., Victor Mendes and Madonna Mendes vs. Alfred Factor and Kirshenbaum and Kirshenbaum, Inc.” remains in limbo though, with a recent defendants’ motion for summary judgment on two of the five counts in the lawsuit denied by Superior Court Associate Justice Richard Licht.