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Judge awards damages of $36M in Bobbi Kristina death case

A judge in Atlanta on Thursday ordered Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case, her estate’s lawyers said. Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and ...

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Judge awards damages of $36M in Bobbi Kristina death case

A judge in Atlanta on Thursday ordered Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case, her estate’s lawyers said. Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and ...

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Alabama justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s defiance of federal court rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court ruled on Friday before suspending him for the rest of his term. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office without the ...

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Supreme Court rejects pharmacists’ religious rights appeal

The Supreme Court is allowing Washington state to require pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, rejecting an appeal from pharmacists who said they have religious objections to providing the drugs. The justices’ order on Tuesday leaves in ...

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Plaintiffs in litigation cases had a good 2015

Two civil cases resulted in verdicts of more than $400 million each in 2015, dwarfing the top plaintiffs’ wins in several recent years. The cases also seemed to reverse a 2014 trend that showed diminishing plaintiffs’ wins.

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INFLUENTIAL LAWYER

As a third-grader, Joan Swartz came home from school one day upset. She doesn’t remember why, but she knew what she wanted to do about it. That’s when she told her mother she wanted to be a lawyer to fix ...

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LAW FIRM LEADER

Even as a child, Teresa Bartosiak showed signs that she would be a successful litigator. Growing up in Godfrey, Illinois, Bartosiak was known for turning discussions into debates. “My mom was a single mom,” Bartosiak said. “She would tell you ...

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LAW FIRM LEADER

Some law firms exert influence through their sheer size. Others do so through big verdicts or splashy headlines. The Levy Craig Law Firm in Kansas City, in contrast, focuses on the quieter business of doing exactly what small- to medium-sized ...

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INFLUENTIAL LAWYER

Pamela Meanes holds a prominent position at one of St. Louis’ biggest law firms, but it was being president of the National Bar Association that thrust her into the national spotlight. Meanes took office as NBA president in July 2014. ...

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LAW FIRM LEADER

Jessica Liss decided she wanted to be a lawyer in college, when she realized that lawyers could be effective problem-solvers and have a positive impact on businesses and families. She put those problem-solving skills to use after earning her law ...

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Blue Buffalo agrees to $32 million settlement in pet food suit

A high-end pet food company says it will pay $32 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers claiming the company did not live up to its promise of all-natural pet food. A group of customers sued Blue Buffalo ...

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