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Former principal wins, then loses, $155.7 million verdict

The former principal of a successful charter school has won a disputed $155.7 million verdict against the city manager for destroying her reputation. However, the plaintiff lost her courtroom victory three days after the verdict when the trial judge erased the entire award, finding that the manager who fired her was entitled to absolute immunity.

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Avoiding the risks of “accidental clients”

A hefty legal malpractice verdict in 2012 reminded attorneys to beware of “accidental clients.” A jury ordered Holland & Knight to pay $34.5 million to two investors who believed the firm was representing them in forming a business entity with ...

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