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  • Geoffrey Fieger's dream team: The Detroit Free Press profiles Fieger's legal team, defending the notorious trial attorney against charges of campaign fraud for giving money to John Edwards' campaign via straw donors. Lead counsel is the fringe, er, fringed Gerry Spence from Wyoming and David Nevin of Boise. "[Nevin] was tapped this month to help defend Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mohammed is being held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and faces the death penalty if convicted in an upcoming military trial." The stakes aren't THAT high for Fieger or his partner, Ven Johnson. Jury selection entered its second week yesterday.
  • Skip Campbell Back in a Campaign: The Orlando Sentinel reports today on Florida's legislative scene in "GOP rift widens in Florida legislative session's last lap." Of note: "Incoming Senate President Jeff Atwater, R- North Palm Beach, faces a stern re-election fight from millionaire Democratic trial lawyer Skip Campbell, who previously served a decade in the Senate." Stern, eh? Campbell's bio at Krupnik Law is here. According to the Boca Raton News : "Among the many things for which Campbell is known is his opposition to the insurance industry's attempts to intimidate state regulators into approving higher rates, along with an effort to suspend the state's gas tax to ease high gas prices. Campbell and another legislator also made many headlines when suing the state Department of Education over the state agency's handling of temporary workers grading the FCAT exam being found to have inadequate skills." Florida, we note, ranked dead last in the Pacific Research Institute's 2008 U.S. Tort Liability Index, but the authors considered the state "salvageable." Depending on the Legislature.
  • Winds of Petrochemical Change in Texas: Houston Chronicle columnist Clay Robison wonders if the Texas Supreme Court -- once Democratic and beholden to the trial bar -- is distancing himself from the business community. "In an unusual move, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider a controversial decision that, critics say, gives refineries and other industrial plants a new shield against liability claims from contract workers injured on the job. ...The Supreme Court rarely grants rehearings, particularly in cases, such as this one, which were decided unanimously. But this decision, dismissing claims brought by an injured contract worker, John Summers, against Entergy Gulf States, sparked an unusually large protest, not only from plaintiffs' lawyers and labor unions but also from lobbyists and even some legislators." The court's actions are being seen through the lens of election-year politics, at least by a Houston Chronicle columnist.

 

 


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