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Do 47 stab wounds = emotional disturbance?

If a guy stabs his girlfriend 47 times, it isn’t that great a leap to conclude that he was emotionally disturbed at the time.

This week, New York’s highest court had to decide whether a jury in just such a homicide case was improperly denied the opportunity to return a verdict of manslaughter.

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Faded road sign blamed for crash

The 8th Circuit yesterday upheld a federal judge’s finding that an automobile accident was caused by a Nebraska county’s failure to have a properly placed and maintained road sign warning drivers of a dangerous curve.

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Is attorney liable for defamatory statements in draft complaint?

An absolute privilege protects attorneys from being sued for defamatory statements made in the course of litigation. But what about defamatory materials appearing in a draft complaint circulated before a lawsuit is even filed?

The Virginia Supreme Court answered that question earlier this month.

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When alligators attack!

According to some experts, you have a better chance of being killed by an asteroid than an alligator if you live in the Southeast United States.

Unfortunately, one 83-year-old woman managed to beat the odds. And now her family claims that the golfing community where the alligator attack occurred must pay for her death.

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Can ‘sympathetic’ plaintiff be excluded from courtroom?

A party’s right to be present at trial is about as fundamental as it gets. But one young girl with severe cerebral palsy was excluded from most of the medical malpractice trial over her birth injuries. Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court had to decide whether such an extraordinary measure was justified by the risk of undue juror sympathy.

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Fees slashed in Volkswagen class action

Does it make sense for class counsel to walk away with $6.2 million when all their efforts resulted in a measly $125,000 payout for consumers? A Missouri court decided last week that it didn’t make much sense, either.

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