Estate of Denial news clips (11/22/17)

Court backs Morgantown lawyer in estate case (WV)

The Dominion Post

November 11, 2017

MORGANTOWN — The state Supreme Court has upheld a Monongalia County Court ruling that exonerated Morgantown attorney Keith Pappas in the handling of a family estate.

The vote was 3-2, with the two justices in the minority filing a written dissent.


Disabled man’s claims against DDSN sent back to court (SC)

Greenville News

November 11, 2017

COLUMBIA – A lawsuit filed by a severely disabled man who suffered a beating by an employee of a group home has been sent back to a judge who first dismissed some of the man’s claims.

The state Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that a judge should not have dismissed claims of negligence, gross negligence, civil rights violations and negligent supervision against the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and two of its former leaders, Stan Butkus and Kathy Lacy.


Brits leave more money in their wills to donkeys than they do to the Poppy Appeal (UK)

The Sun

November 12, 2017

Animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary received almost £25million in donations last year from the wills of people who had died – around £5million more than was passed on to the Royal British Legion.

The people of the UK have been wearing their poppy with pride over the last few weeks to commemorate the nation’s war victims.


Judge Slammed for Upending JPMorgan Jury Verdict

Financial Advisor IQ

November 13, 2017

Legal experts have called into question allegations by a New York judge that a jury verdict to award damages to a fired JPMorgan wealth manager was “prejudiced,” writes.

Last week U.S. District Judge Denise Cote upended a verdict that ordered JPMorgan to pay former employee Jennifer Sharkey $1.13 million. JPMorgan had fired Sharkey in 2009. But barely an hour after the jury reached its verdict, Cote said the jury was prejudiced, based on the fact that the $563,000 in emotional damages it awarded was the same amount that the jury had awarded the plaintiff in back pay. That suggested that the jury intended to award punitive damages to Sharkey, against Cote’s instructions, the judge explained. Judge Cote also called Sharkey a liar.


Bank managing Prince’s estate punches back against heirs (MN)

Minneapolis Star Tribune

November 13, 2017

Comerica Bank & Trust, the company appointed to manage Prince’s enormous assets, took off the gloves this week to fight his heirs’ accusations that it has mishandled the estate.

Since Prince’s death in April 2016, his six heirs have challenged many steps that Comerica and its predecessor took as special administrators of the estate, which is valued at between $100 million and $300 million before taxes. Prince, 57, died without a will.