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Barbara Walters dodges defamation suit

The 1st Circuit has declined to revive a defamation suit brought by a Massachusetts woman who claims her life unraveled after allegedly being caught in bed with Barbara Walters’ daughter at an exclusive Connecticut boarding school back in 1983.

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Retiree risks alimony due to ‘cohabitation’

Ozzie and Harriet would faint dead away at the living arrangements practiced by both young and old in this new century. But for divorce attorneys, the question often becomes whether a client’s pairing with another individual has crossed the line into “cohabitation,” jeopardizing hard-won alimony.

Last week, one state high court ruled that a retiree could lose her alimony, notwithstanding that fact that she and her boyfriend maintain separate residences and independent lives.

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Car owner escapes liability for thief’s crash

The Wyoming Supreme Court has decided that a car owner had no liability for a serious crash that occurred shortly after her vehicle was stolen from her driveway – even though she facilitated the theft by leaving her car unattended with the motor running.

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Screening doesn’t save firm from disqualification

The specter of disqualification can unexpectedly raise its ugly head whenever a lawyer switches firms.

One law firm just learned that it could not avoid disqualification in a long-running real property case – no matter what it did to screen a new hire from the litigation.

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Home sellers sued for ‘lying’ about sex offender next door

Arizona law relieved Jeff and Marissa Currier of an affirmative obligation to disclose to prospective home buyers that they had a convicted sex offender living next door.

But according to a state court of appeals, that didn’t mean that the Curriers couldn’t get themselves into legal trouble by allegedly lying when asked why they wanted to move.

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