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Major claim in lawsuit dismissed

An appellate court has tossed out a large award in the case of a lawyer who sued his former firm for withholding a bonus that was promised for bringing in a lucrative client. The decision by the Appellate Division of ...

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Judge refuses to cancel pre-nup

The husband of a wealthy Rochester-area business woman will get only $150,000 when their divorce is final, under the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement he signed the day before their wedding. The husband, Daniel J. Fichter, argued that the agreement ...

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Lawyers: Former Atlanta fire chief fired for religious views

ATLANTA — An attorney for a former Atlanta fire chief argued in court Friday that his client was let go for his religious beliefs, but lawyers for the city disputed that. Kelvin Cochran wrote a book called “Who Told You ...

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Jury selection postponed in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge postponed jury selection in the trial surrounding a conspiracy to help Iran evade economic sanctions after the star defendant, an international gold trader who had been trying to broker a diplomatic solution to the ...

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Texas Senate approves ‘religious refusal’ adoption measure

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The “Freedom to ...

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ABA sues Department of Education over loan forgiveness

BALTIMORE — The American Bar Association filed suit this week against the U.S. Department of Education, alleging the department failed to provide a reasonable explanation for why it has decided to refuse to honor loan forgiveness commitments made to attorneys ...

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Xerox must pay $4.9 million attorneys’ fees

A federal judge has ordered Xerox Corp. to pay attorneys’ fees of $4.9 million — almost $3 million less than the amount originally sought. In the underlying case, a group of about 100 Xerox workers sued the company under the ...

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Pro se program expanding to Rochester

Volunteer attorneys are needed to help with a new program to provide legal advice to pro se litigants in U.S. District Court in Rochester. The program is expected to start in mid-February, with a CLE session to prepare volunteers tentatively ...

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Prosecutors push ahead with trial for last Oregon occupiers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. government will push forward with conspiracy charges against the remaining seven people who helped take over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, just weeks after the stunning acquittal of the first group of defendants. Prosecutors ...

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Federal suit moves ahead over service dog in school

A federal lawsuit over the need for an adult handler for a service dog in a Rochester-area school district will move forward. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice filed the suit against the Gates-Chili Central School District in September ...

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Wrongly convicted man awarded $6.2 million settlement

A man who was wrongly convicted of rape and spent six years in state prison has been awarded $6.2 million by a federal judge in a lawsuit against the city of Rochester. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. ...

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