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Bank agrees to pay $5.5M to bankrupt stonecutter

First Community Bank leader Jack Fields described Tim Crede as creative, artistic and competent. He liked Crede and his stonecutting business, which Crede started in the 1970s with a wheelbarrow and a shovel. In 2007, First Community took on Crede’s company, Oak Grove-based Missouri Ledge, as a customer.

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A.G. Edwards to defend $60M settlement

Attorneys for A.G. Edwards will defend a settlement worth tens of millions of dollars Wednesday in appeals court. The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District will hear arguments at 9:30 a.m. in the appeal of the settlement of a class action lawsuit over alleged kickbacks from mutual fund groups.

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Objections to A.G. Edwards settlement set

Attorneys for A.G. Edwards will defend a settlement worth tens of millions of dollars Wednesday in appeals court. The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District will hear arguments at 9:30 a.m. in the appeal of the settlement of a class action lawsuit over alleged kickbacks from mutual fund groups.

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Volunteer lawyers to hunt for innocence

Volunteer lawyers trained to ferret out innocence get their first assignment early next month. On the first “Freedom Friday,” set for May 6, the lawyers will help go through about 200 questionnaires from the Midwestern Innocence Project filled out by inmates. They’ll aid in figuring out if more information or more investigation is needed into a particular case.

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Interests of lawyers, clients lead to best underwriting opportunities

About 1,000 lawyers attended The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference each of the past two years. At this year’s conference in June, attendees will get notepads printed with the logo of Kansas City firm Dollar, Burns & Becker.

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NEWSMAKERS

Gov. Jay Nixon recently announced his nominations and appointments to boards and commissions. The nominees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate. Anthony Bologna, of Liberty, was nominated for the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners. Bologna is ...

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E-books breathe new shelf life into lawyer’s novels

As lawyer Michael Kahn’s latest mystery lands in the hands of his agent, Amazon is reviving some of his out-of-print novels as e-books. Four of the books featuring fictional St. Louis lawyer Rachel Gold became available on amazon.com this week at a price of $7.99 each, about what they’d cost as a paperback.

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Man sues Archdiocese over alleged abuse in 1966

A man who claims he was sexually assaulted more than 40 years ago by a priest is suing the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The priest, Father Thomas Graham, was sentenced in 2005 in a separate abuse case, but the conviction was tossed out by the Missouri Supreme Court, which said it was too late to bring charges. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, the man claims Graham assaulted him twice in 1966, when the plaintiff was in seventh grade. Graham had sexually assaulted other boys before and after the attacks on the plaintiff, but the Archdiocese hid Graham’s history and did nothing to stop him, the lawsuit says.

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FEELING THE SQUEEZE

Kansas City attorneys have bargain basement rates compared to lawyers in bigger markets. In 2010, Kansas City partners charged an average $387 per hour, according to sister publication Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s fourth annual Billing Rates report. Their counterparts in New York billed at an average more than double that.

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