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How Plaintiff Lawyers Help Corporate America Keep its Secrets

Paula Lawlor was sifting through piles of internal General Motors Co documents in a hotel room outside of Los Angeles when she hit pay dirt: Company records showing that GM knew for years that stronger roofs on its vehicles could …

Calif.’s Top Comp Judge Urges Attorneys to be Civil

ANAHEIM, California — The Division of Workers’ Compensation has assigned a California Highway Patrol officer to each of the state’s 22 Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board offices after a handful of violent attacks against lawyers. But sometimes it’s the lawyers themselves …

New York Lawyer Gets Paid $1.50 for Civil Rights Victory

Attorney Harrison Williams should have made $75,000 for work he did on behalf of a prisoner who filed a lawsuit. Instead, an appeals court ruled, he earned $1.50. The prisoner, who claimed he had his religious rights violated when his …

1965 Louisiana School Suit Cost Payment Approved

A federal judge has approved a settlement that calls for the St. Landry Parish School Board in Lafayette, La., to pay $800,000 to the attorney who was on the opposing side of the parish’s school desegregation case for more than …

Miss. Judge Stops Investigation of Attorney’s Car Crash

A judge has scheduled a hearing Nov. 16 on whether Greenwood police can analyze medicine taken from a 41-year-old attorney’s purse after a wreck. A lawsuit says it was taken unconstitutionally without permission or a warrant, and a judge has …

Navigating the Tripartite Relationship

Investigating and defending catastrophic injury claims involves careful navigation of the tripartite relationship that exists among the policyholder, the claimant, and legal counsel hired by the insurer to defend the insured. When evaluating catastrophic injury claims, adjusters need to keep …

Former Oklahoma Attorney Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A former Tulsa attorney has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution for worker’s compensation fraud and embezzlement. Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that William Anton drew the sentence in Tulsa County …

Measuring Counsel Performance Key to Carrier Cost Control Efforts

Insurance companies striving to control litigation costs should always review how well their outside attorneys perform and not just how much they charge, according to experts. Though billing is easy to measure, it may not accurately reflect the true cost …

South Texas Attorney Helped Corrupt Judge

A South Texas attorney has pleaded guilty to being a middleman and arranging a payment to a corrupt judge. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Jose Martin “Joe” Valle of Harlingen pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Brownsville to aiding and abetting extortion …

Lawyer Targeted in Illinois Worker’s Compensation Case

Illinois’ Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed a complaint against a lawyer who represented a state trooper injured in a wreck he caused that killed two sisters. The commission contends attorney Kerry O’Sullivan exchanged emails with former Workers’ Compensation …