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Sibling battle: Phillies co-owner Middleton in business dispute with sister (PA)

John S. Middleton, the billionaire part-owner of the Phillies, is battling in court with a younger sister over a 2003 deal in which he bought her and others out of the family’s conglomerate for about $200 million and then sold part of the firm four years later for $2.9 billion, according to documents filed in Keep Reading…

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Miami will finally try to fix its crooked guardianship programs (FL)

Last spring, New Times published the results of a five-month investigation into Miami-Dade’s guardianship system — the program set up by the courts to protect the assets of vulnerable people. Except in South Florida, it had become a politically-connected, un-regulated cesspool of abuse. One year later, as Tallahassee works to overhaul the guardianship system statewide, Keep Reading…

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Filings in lawsuit on Tom Benson’s mental health will be withheld from public (TX/LA)

The lawsuit over the mental fitness of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson will continue mostly out of public view from here on. Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese ordered the entire case file sealed this week. No more documents submitted to the court in the fight between Benson and his estranged former Keep Reading…

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Marvin Gaye’s family in ugly feud after $7.4m ‘Blurred Lines’ payout as his widow accuses his ‘penniless’ sisters of ‘picking on his bones’ and they say ‘he would have hated to see us like this’

The sisters, who are 69 and 78, say they cannot even perform his songs – despite Zeola singing the actual line in Got to Give it Up which was at the center of the legal case. In what they say is a bitter irony, Gaye’s wife and children will receive the $7.4m while Zeola and Keep Reading…

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Temple-area bond proposals offer new local government debt opportunities (TX)

Texas local government debt ranks second highest among the top 10 most populous states. Undeterred, however, May 9 will bring a new round of bond elections in Temple and throughout the state whereby voters donning financial personas of the oft-used and ever so appropriate drunken sailor spending analogy will approve new debt opportunities promoted by Keep Reading…

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Judge denies Harris Lewis’ bid to protect bond in missing Probate Court funds case (GA)

A visiting judge on Friday denied a request by Chatham County Probate Judge Harris Lewis that the county be barred from surrendering his $100,000 bond in a dispute over missing money from the court until a judicial determination of the facts in the case. The action by Superior Court Judge Albert Rahn III of Reidsville Keep Reading…

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Threatened with estate tax, Israel’s rich are taking precautions

Moshe Kahlon, the presumed finance minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s next government, is at best weeks away from starting work, but already Israel’s wealthiest are taking precautions in case Kahlon makes good on his promise to impose an estate tax. Faced with a large part of their estates ending up with the tax authorities, Keep Reading…

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A dental health care alternative with teeth? (TX)

Access to health care is becoming problematic on many fronts. Here’s one important approach currently under consideration by the Texas Legislature. From Watchdog Arena: As the Texas Legislature studies measures to address the growing challenge of health care access, two bills specifically target dental provider shortages by creating new opportunity for dental hygiene practitioners (DHPs)– Keep Reading…

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MLK heirs get more time to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel (GA)

ATLANTA (AP) – A judge is giving the children of Martin Luther King Jr. more time to try to resolve a dispute over their father’s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize without a trial. King’s estate, controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In Keep Reading…

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Elder abuse cases on rise (ME)

WALDOBORO, Maine —Elder abuse is a crime against senior citizens that is gaining the attention of law enforcement. Lincoln County has seen several cases in the past couple weeks. Elder abuse is a crime that often goes unreported, but people are starting to take note and officials are taking up the cause on behalf of Keep Reading…

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Family fights attorney getting millions from client’s will (MI)

LANSING – When Robert (Bobby) Mardigian wanted to put his substantial financial affairs in order, he turned to his longtime friend, Troy attorney Mark Papazian. The will and trust that resulted left the bulk of Mardigian’s fortune — more than $17 million after taxes when Mardigian died in 2012 — to Papazian and his two Keep Reading…

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Audit: State Medicaid program lost out on $27M from estates (MO)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Medicaid program could have recovered as much as $27 million from more than 30,000 estates of deceased patients but did not file claims in time, according to a statewide audit of federal programs released Tuesday. Federal and Missouri laws allow the state to recover Medicaid funds spent on a participant Keep Reading…

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Advocates tell Congress: Reform civil asset forfeiture now

In a recent hearing on “The Need to Reform Asset Forfeiture,” the Senate Judiciary Committee focused on how the property of ordinary citizens could be seized without them even being charged with a crime. Because current forfeiture laws treat property as “guilty until proven innocent” and often subject innocent owners to oppressive legal costs, Congress should Keep Reading…

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Defendant in Livermore financial elder abuse case pleads not guilty (CA)

HAYWARD — A former bank employee accused of defrauding an elderly Livermore man of $118,000 of his life savings pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges of financial elder abuse. Alejandro “Alex” Ojeda, a 28-year-old Dublin resident and ex-personal banker at a JP Morgan Chase Bank branch in Livermore, is accused of stealing a Keep Reading…

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CBS sued over ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Theme by composer’s family

Who knows whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg watches Hawaii Five-0, but thanks to something she wrote last year, the theme song may have to change. On Thursday, CBS was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from the children of the late Morton Stevens, a prolific, Emmy-award winning film and television score composer Keep Reading…

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