Daily Archives: March 9, 2012 - 3 results


Posted 2 years ago in Crime Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Defense to Begin Stating Its Case in Rutgers Trial

After 10 days of testimony and more than 20 witnesses, the prosecution in the Rutgers University cyberbullying trial has rested its case. Today, the defense will have its chance to call witnesses to the stand, including investigators, other students and character witnesses. In addition, defense lawyers attempted to get nine of the 15 charges brought against Dharun Ravi dropped. The motion to dismiss covered all invasion of privacy and bias intimidation charges. Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman outright declined to …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

        Smoker’s widow wins $41 million against maker of Newport cigarettes The widow of a lifetime smoker won a $41 million jury verdict against tobacco company Lorillard for the death of her husband. Dorothy and Coleman Alexander met in high school and were married for 38 years until her husband died in 1995, at age 59, of lung cancer. He had smoked Newport cigarettes for decades.  She sued Lorillard claiming that cigarettes are a defective and unreasonably …

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Posted 2 years ago in Divorce by Richard Dahl  
Fighting Like Cats and Dogs…Over Cats and Dogs

Traditionally, divorce-court judges determining custody usually rule that any pets in the household will follow the children. But what happens if there are no children? Increasingly, pets themselves are the subject of custodial disputes in divorce proceedings, according to Kenneth P. Altshuler, a Portland, Maine, divorce attorney who is the current president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2006, AAML conducted a survey of its members and found that they had seen a marked increase in pet custody cases …

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