Soft drink suit windfall for lawyers

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“You guys in the elite media are nothing but sluts and prostitutes for your crybaby opposition to common sense tart reform!” Whoa. My friend Barney from New Jersey was off to such a bombastic and erratic start I glanced at my watch, only to remember Jimmy Buffet’s admonition, “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” No doubt the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Free lawyers, a video game and attending to your mule

Good morning and hold on to your hat. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected today. And, here’s just what you’ve been waiting for this blustery day… The Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free lawyers When’s the last time you talked to a lawyer for free? That’s the promise — free legal advice […]

Bill would stop payments on 23-year-old suit

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Sen. Rod Adair is sponsoring legislation that would cease payments to lawyers in a 23-year-old lawsuit against the state and earmark that money to help those with developmental disabilities. Adair, R- Roswell, says the Jackson vs. Ft. Stanton lawsuit has served its purpose in improving care […]

Good lawyers never escape memory

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I have known a lot of lawyers in Clovis and mingled with many of them. Here are some of the lawyers that have helped me: A great friend, Wesley Quinn, was a Republican, as was my father. I’d asked Quinn if he could help me with my father’s will after […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Hawaii lawyer getaway sign of litigious times

Freedom Newspapers A wire story out of Hawaii last week had all the makings of a good lawyer joke come to life. “The nation’s lawyers are coming to Hawaii,” reported The Associated Press, for an annual meeting of the American Bar Association, “and some of them apparently have no fear of sharks — unless they’re […]

Providing rights to detainees the right thing to do

Freedom Editorial A decision last month by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to allow three detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to have speedy and meaningful access to lawyers is not just correct. It also is an important aspect of restoring a measure of honor to the way the U.S. government has chosen […]

Lawsuit questions ‘stop-loss’ authority

Tom Philpott Without evidence that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is protecting America from terrorism, the Army has no legal basis to use “stop-loss” authority to keep thousands of soldiers on active duty and serving in Iraq involuntarily, according to a lawsuit filed this month in federal court. Brought on behalf of a California National […]

Readers listen, but don’t always agree

Ned Cantwell And the readers write, a columnist’s blatant self-promotion to let his editors know that somewhere out there in the nine towns where his column is published, someone is listening. n A column bemoaning the hand-cuffed arrest of an Alamogordo veterinarian who wouldn’t divulge the name of an employee who brought in an injured […]

It’s time to put trial lawyers on trial

Perhaps what’s needed is a class action lawsuit against attorneys and firms that bring class action lawsuits based on misleading or fraudulent claims. We don’t know if that’s legally possible. But it would certainly advance the cause of justice. Law firms in the past reaped huge financial awards, bankrupted companies, whipped federal regulators into a […]