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How Courtney Love blew £16million of ‘Nirvana money’ following Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994

Granted, she’s not renowned for her astute financial management. But Courtney Love has admitted that she blew more than $27million (£16million) following the suicide of her husband Kurt Cobain. Or “Nirvana money”, as she labelled it in a recent interview with Australian supplement Sunday Style. “’I lost about $27 million — I know that’s a Keep Reading…

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Former Rothstein law partners disbarred (FL)

The former partners of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein officially lost their licenses to practice law in Florida on Thursday, but their disbarment and criminal convictions don’t seem to be having much effect on their employment opportunities. Stuart Rosenfeldt, who will be sentenced Sept. 17 after pleading guilty to a criminal conspiracy charge, and Russell Keep Reading…

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Grandson fights police officer’s inheritance in Webber will (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — The only living heir of the late Geraldine Webber filed an objection to a proposed settlement deal that would end a legal dispute built on allegations that Webber was unduly influenced by police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin, while she had dementia, so he could inherit her $2.7 million estate. Webber’s grandson, Brett Webber, filed Keep Reading…

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Controversial Greenville judge resigns (TX)

GREENVILLE — A Hunt County judge who was at the center of a News 8 investigation has resigned. Judge Steve Tittle resided over the 196th District Court of Greenville, located east of Dallas. In a joint news release on Friday, Hunt County attorney Joel Littlefield and District Attorney Noble Walker revealed that Tittle was also Keep Reading…

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‘Aunt Jemima’ heirs file $2 billion lawsuit against Pepsi and Quaker Oats

D.W. Hunter, the great grandson of Anna Short Harrington, the woman who became “Aunt Jemima,” has filed a class action lawsuit against PepsiCo, The Quaker Oats Company, Pinnacle Foods Group and The Hillshire Brands Company on behalf of all of her great grandchildren. He is seeking $2 billion, plus punitive damages to be determined at Keep Reading…

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Will drivers’ I-35 ‘love’ include TxDOT’s planned toll road push?

The Texas Department of Transportation, one of the state’s most influential yet unelected and unaccountable users of public funds, is rolling out a $500,000 media campaign reminding Interstate 35 drivers to “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” While fine advice, Texas taxpayers might beware that the safest and smartest bet is understanding just what this agency has Keep Reading…

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Elderly woman in Va. cheated out of savings by lawyer she trusted, family alleges

Correction: Based on an error in a lawsuit, an earlier version of this article reported that a nephew of Heidi Pender had allegedly received stolen funds. The nephew did not receive any money. The lawsuit misidentified the relationship between Pender and the person who received the money. Pearl Buckley was like an “old Southern grandmother,” Keep Reading…

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Court removes several wards from care of attorney (OH)

With about 400 wards under his supervision, Columbus lawyer Paul Kormanik has boasted that he’s the guardian of more people than anyone else in Ohio, maybe in the country. If that’s true, it appears it won’t be for much longer. In an unprecedented move in Franklin County Probate Court yesterday, Judge Robert G. Montgomery began Keep Reading…

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Battle over Nelson Mandela’s will as ex-wife Winnie demands the country home he left to third wife in legal move which threatens to split ANC leader’s family

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has launched a legal challenge against the former South African leader’s will insisting she is entitled to the rural estate where he is buried. The 77-year-old who divorced the late anti-apartheid activist in 1996, is demanding ownership of Mr Mandela’s ancestral home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela Keep Reading…

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Attorney: Sterling will sue doctors, too (CA)

Shelly Sterling, Adam Silver, the NBA and Steve Ballmer will soon have company. Doctors Meril Platzer and James Spar and the UCLA Health System are on Donald Sterling’s litigation radar. The banned Clippers owner intends to sue the doctors and UCLA Health System for disclosing his medical information to Shelly Sterling and her attorney, Pierce Keep Reading…

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Friends object to settlement deal in Webber’s $2.7M estate (NH)

PORTSMOUTH — Four friends of the late Geraldine Webber are objecting to the proposed out-of-court settlement of a probate case that’s built on allegations that Webber was unduly influenced by police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin, while she had dementia, so he could inherit her $2.7 million estate. Through attorney Paul McEachern, the four women cite six Keep Reading…

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Helpers helping themselves: Fleecing the elderly (AU)

A woman who allegedly extorted more than $90,000 from an elderly man after befriending him and stealing his Pin is one of a spate of similar cases under investigation in Hamilton. It has sparked a police warning for families, relatives and friends of senior citizens to be vigilant around credit card security. They have received Keep Reading…

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Henry arson suspect’s attorney suspended for misconduct (IL)

LACON — In the latest twist in the saga of an accused Henry arsonist also found to have misused funds from her two children’s estate, April Durham’s probate attorney has been suspended from practice because of his own misuse of a client’s funds. Peru attorney Charles W. Helmig, 76, recently was suspended by the Illinois Keep Reading…

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Order may end Anna Nicole Smith’s estate battle over late husband’s money

A California federal judge’s order may bring to a close a nearly 20-year court battle as the estate of Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith fights for money from the estate of her billionaire husband, J. Howard Marshall II of Houston. On Aug. 18, U.S. District Judge David Carter of the Central District of California denied Keep Reading…

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SEC cuts Wylys’ damages demand by half to $750 million (NY)

(Corrects to say Wylys’ lawyers plan opening statement in trial in story published Aug. 4.) Samuel and the estate of Charles Wyly ought to pay as much as $750 million for having used a web of offshore trusts to illegally hide stock holdings and evade trading limits, a lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Keep Reading…

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