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The responsibility of a watchdog

A Bryan Cave partner who monitored insurer American International Group gained insight into what went on at the company but didn’t necessarily have an obligation to report all of it. Washington, D.C.-based James Cole has been reviewing AIG’s business practices ...

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Is your firm still perking?

Polsinelli Shughart partners recently discussed whether the firm should suspend its three-month sabbatical program for the firm’s partners and its minisabbatical for associates with at least five years at the firm. “We decided not to,” said Russ Welsh, chairman and ...

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Judge’s profanity gave appearance of bias

It wasn’t just the cussing. Before reviving a lawsuit against Shell Oil Co., an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel took a detailed look at the discovery problems that led to a federal judge dismissing it after a profanity-laced ...

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Dobson wants $570K for representing surgeon

Plaintiffs attorney Jerome Dobson is asking for just shy of $570,000 in fees for his firm’s work on behalf of a famous surgeon who sued Washington University. Dr. Joel Cooper, credited with performing the first successful lung transplant and the ...

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Appeals court won’t pardon judge’s French

A lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. is being revived, and the federal judge who cussed at the plaintiff's attorney in court will not be hearing it. A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned Kansas City-based Senior District Judge Dean Whipple's dismissal of the lawsuit, ordered him to remove himself from the case and called for the case to be reassigned. A tussle over 58 documents culminated in a December 2006 discovery hearing at which Whipple sprinkled six epithets.Click here to continue reading and view an excerpt from the hearing.

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On the clock

Asked how he decided on his hourly rate, litigation and appeals attorney and former Supreme Court judge Edward "Chip" Robertson had a simple answer: "I call up Ann Covington, ask what she's charging and try to charge $5 more." It's a response that reflects one way attorneys set their rates - by checking those of other attorneys in comparable practices. Missouri Lawyers Weekly's second annual billable rates listing includes the rates of more than 200 attorneys and 61 legal support staffers in Missouri. Click here to continue reading and view the complete list.

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Polsinelli lays off lawyers, staff

Polsinelli Shughart is laying off nine attorneys and 16 staff members firmwide in a second round of economy-related cuts. Four attorneys were let go in Kansas City and two in St. Louis, said Polsinelli Chairman and Chief Executive Russ Welsh. ...

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