Ga. Judge Rips Law Firm’s Atty Fees Bid In Insurance Row

Law360 (November 30, 2020, 7:53 PM EST) — A Georgia federal judge on Monday criticized a Kansas law firm’s attempt to collect almost $400,000 in attorney fees from an insurance company following a settlement in an underlying jail construction dispute, questioning the timing of the case.

U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen said the firm, Ron D. Beal PA, sat for years and did nothing to try to get $378,662 in attorney fees from Connecticut-based Hartford Fire Insurance Co., a subsidiary of The Hartford. Then the firm venue-shopped for its contract breach claim and chose Georgia solely because of its applicable six-year statute of limitations, he said during a…

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Judge in divorce case criticises husband’s ‘mean-spirited’ behaviour

A High Court judge, in granting a woman a decree of divorce, has found her estranged husband has still not fully disclosed his financial position and engaged in “bad” and “mean-spirited” behaviour towards her.

The man had sought to depict himself as a “reasonable” man seeking only what is fair and wishing his estranged wife well, Mr Justice Max Barrett said. However, over a prolonged period, he behaved badly towards her, requiring her, when she has little money, repeatedly to engage lawyers and seek all manner of orders against him, including to pay his share of utility bills, the judge said.

He had behaved in a “volatile” manner, with the result the woman previously obtained an interim barring order against him, later replaced by a related undertaking.

The woman was so fearful she left the family home at one point.

While the man maintained he has never been violent towards

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George Floyd cop Derek Chauvin gets divorce settlement rejected, judge says there’s a ‘badge of fraud’

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA: The police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, has had a divorce settlement between him and his wife, Kellie Chauvin, rejected by a judge in court. The divorce settlement would transfer most of his assets to his wife before his trial in court for the murder of George Floyd. The judge involved in the divorce case also cited the possibility of fraud.

Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce on May 31, shortly after the George Floyd case that inspired widespread protests throughout the United States. According to the Star Tribune, Kellie is asking for sole ownership of both of the couple’s homes — their primary home in Oakdale, and a townhouse in Windermere, Florida, which were bought in both their names after their marriage in 2010. Some have speculated that the true motive behind this divorce is to protect Derek Chauvin’s assets in case

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Sidney Powell, ex-Trump campaign lawyer, asks judge to have Georgia ‘de-certify’ Biden victory

Sidney Powell, the former Trump campaign lawyer challenging the president’s loss to Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden, asked a federal judge in Georgia to reverse the results of the race there Friday.

Ms. Powell, who sued various state and election officials in federal court Wednesday, subsequently filed an emergency motion requesting Mr. Trump be named the winner of Georgia’s presidential race.

Georgia has already certified the results of the presidential election for Mr. Biden, but Ms. Powell wants the court to intervene and issue an order requiring state officials to reverse course.

Ms. Powell filed the motion in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia a week after the state certified election results showing Mr. Biden received 12,670 more votes than Mr. Trump.

Citing unproven claims of fraud, she asked U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr., an appointee of former President George W. Bush, for emergency injunctive

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Opinion | Judge Emmet Sullivan’s handling of Michael Flynn is vindicated

Flynn was one of six associates of the president who were investigated and charged with federal crimes as part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. In open court, Flynn entered a knowing, voluntary and intelligent guilty plea to a felony charge for lying about his substantive contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States. However, last May, acting on instructions from Attorney General William P. Barr, the Justice Department did a startling about-face in the case, seeking to dismiss it by arguing in court that prosecutors should never have brought the case in the first place.

Enter Sullivan — a judge before whom I have appeared, and who I can attest is not one to suffer fools. He declined to dismiss the case, instead bringing in an outside adviser who argued that the Justice Department’s argument smelled curiously like pretext

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Judge goal for Pakistan’s first transgender lawyer

  • Reuters, KARACHI, Pakistan

Lawyer Nisha Rao maneuvers among a throng of black-coated attorneys clustered near Karachi’s city courts searching for her client, but Rao, 28, is not just another lawyer running for a meeting. As Pakistan’s first transgender lawyer, she has carved a path from the streets to the courtroom and her example is inspiring other transgender people in the conservative nation.

“I am proud to have become Pakistan’s first transgender lawyer,” Rao said.

Life is hard for transgender people in Pakistan, where the Supreme Court only allowed them to claim a third gender on their national identity cards in 2009.

Photo: Reuters

Parliament only passed a law in 2018 recognizing transgender people as equal citizens, and protecting them from discrimination and violence.

Treated as outcasts, many transgender people are victims of sexual assault and resort to working as wedding dancers or begging to make a living.

Rao also ended

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Judge tosses cases involving Omaha protesters

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed cases against 25 people who were arrested and jailed for blocking traffic at a bridge during a summer racial injustice protest in Omaha.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Douglas County Judge Marcena Hendrix ruled Wednesday that Omaha’s ordinance prohibiting the obstruction of a highway or street is “overly broad” and “clearly regulates protected speech.”

At issue was a demonstration on July 25 over the lack of charges against a white bar owner in the death of a 22-year-old Black man. James Scurlock was shot to death during unrest that followed George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

As part of the demonstration, protesters blocked the Farnam Street bridge. Police said the protesters failed to obtain a permit and ordered them out of the street. Protesters who didn’t comply were arrested.

Hendrix struck down a city ordinance that makes it “unlawful for any person purposely

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Judge orders attorneys, adviser to explain bailout bill work

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in Cleveland has asked one the country’s top law firms to provide details about their lobbying to help a FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary win passage of now-tainted legislation to provide a $1 billion subsidy for two Ohio nuclear power plants.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik on Tuesday ordered three partners and a senior policy adviser from the firm Akin Gump to explain their millions of dollars in billings for lobbying and other work during the period when the Ohio Legislature was considering and then approving the nuclear bailout bill known as House Bill 6 in July 2019.

The order comes as Koschik considers final payments to Akin Gump for its work in the bankruptcy filed in March 2018 by a wholly owned subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. called FirstEnergy Solutions, which operated the plants at the time. Ownership was transferred in February to a

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Cop-Shoving Judge Faces 2nd Ethics Probe Over 2018 Case


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Law360 (November 24, 2020, 6:39 PM EST) — New York state’s judicial ethics watchdog will review a Buffalo judge’s decision to preside over and rule in favor of an attorney who owed him thousands of dollars, expanding an existing inquiry sparked by his role in a street brawl this summer.

The New York Office of Court Administration said Monday it had referred state Supreme Court Justice Mark Grisanti’s handling of the case in 2018 to the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct after Law360 reported that Justice Grisanti failed to disclose the financial relationship. The independent agency has previously censured or removed judges for similar conduct, though those cases involved repeated ethics violations.

Court records show that Justice Grisanti granted a judgment of about $18,500 in favor of a private girls school represented by

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Rittenhouse attorney says judge granted request to be allowed on case

A California-based attorney who represents Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with killing two people and wounded a third during a summer protest in Kenosha, Wis., said Monday that a judge will allow him to appear in court on behalf of his client. 

John Pierce, of Los Angeles, needed permission to appear in a Wisconsin courtroom as he is not licensed to practice in the state. Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder granted Pierce’s request Monday.

“We are looking forward to trial,” Pierce told Fox News in a text message. 

Kenosha County prosecutors filed a motion to force Pierce to abide by state rules on pretrial publicity. Prosecutors asked for a hearing on the matter but it does not appear to have taken place, according to online court records.

Messages to Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jason Zapf were not immediately returned. 

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