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May 2018 / 35 posts found

Wife fumes as lawyer to the (porn) stars Avenatti neglects their divorce case to chase limelight

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti is too busy defending porn star Stormy Daniels to attend to important business involving his own wife - who desperately wants a divorce, she told Fox News. The ubiquitous attorney, who has become CNN's favorite prime time guest, represents the porn queen, who claims she had a 2006 fling with President Trump and believes Trump is defaming her by denying it. But while he is basking in the limelight, his wife says their divorce proceedings have stalled. “I need to be divorced and if [Michael Avenatti] continues to paint the narrative, he can ignore our case!” Lisa [...]

Could no-fault divorce become legal? Woman fights to legalise ‘no blame’ divorce

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A woman fighting to end her “loveless” marriage could pave the way for ‘no blame’ divorces to be legalised in the UK. Tini Owens, 66, who has been fighting to end her marriage since 2015, will launch a Supreme Court battle today that could introduce ‘no-fault’ divorce clause.  Although Owens has wanted a divorce since 2015, her husband, 78, has legally contested her divorce filing, insisting that they “still have a few years of old age together,” reported The Guardian. This makes Owens’ husband part of the one percent of people who have legally contested their partner filing for divorce. [...]

Former Ford plant site’s remaining 182 acres sold after litigation settled

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Ford's former Wixom, Mich., plant produced some of the company's classic car lines, such as Lincoln Continentals of the late 1950s and the Ford Thunderbird. Photo credit: FORD A Cleveland-based company has purchased the remaining 182 acres of the Ford Motor Co. Wixom assembly plant site with plans for new development. Industrial Commercial Properties LLC closed on the purchase from Boston-based investor Trident Barrow, which for more than a year was locked in a federal legal battle with Ford over the property. The sprawling plant located northwest of Detroit opened in 1957 and closed in 2007. It produced some of [...]

Cloud Computing Patent Litigation Trends – Competitor Cases, Open Source Targets, Cloud Customers

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Since launching Cloud IPQ last year, we have focused on the intersection of cloud computing and intellectual property with a particular emphasis on the increasing number of patent lawsuits filed against cloud computing companies and their customers.  In our first post – Introducing Cloud IPQ: Enhancing Your Cloud IP IQ – we highlighted the increase in cloud patent lawsuits filed by NPEs/Patent Trolls, and the trend of high-volume plaintiffs filing multiple lawsuits against customers of cloud providers.  That has certainly proven true, and frankly we expected that the majority of our coverage would center on such Patent Troll lawsuits.  However, [...]

11 tips to reduce retirement plan litigation risk

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A prudent process and documentation is more essential than ever. There’s no time like the present to make sure you and your investment committee have a strong fiduciary file and continue to try to raise the bar. (Photo: Shutterstock) While retirement plans with billions of dollars dominate the plan litigation headlines, smaller plans have the opportunity to learn from the suits filed against their larger plan peers and hopefully avoid possible litigation. Until recently, the fee-based claims against retirement plan fiduciaries targeted “mega-plans” — for example, Verizon ($30B); Chevron ($19B); Intel ($15B); Oracle ($11B); American Airlines ($9B) — but two [...]

Study Finds Judges Mostly Reject Discovery Requests for Litigation Funding Documents

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Credit: Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock.com Amid a push by litigation funding opponents for greater transparency in the industry, a new industry study has found that federal and state court judges have overwhelmingly blocked attempts by litigants to peer into their opponents’ legal financing arrangements. The case law analysis by Tennessee-based litigation funding broker Westfleet Advisors identified 30 cases across the United States in which a party sought to force disclosure of the other sides’ litigation financing documents. In 24 of those cases—or 80 percent—the judge denied the discovery requests altogether or granted limited discovery, according to the study, which was authored by [...]

Wife fails in attempt to increase award of £51.4 million plus share of business assets

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Home > News CoA gives weight to pre-marital agreement Camilla Versteegh has failed in her attempt to increase the High Court's award in financial remedy proceedings against her husband, Gerard Versteegh. The order by Sir Peter Singer gave Mrs Versteegh approximately half the non-business assets (£51.4m) together with a 23.41% interest in a business called H Holdings, which business had been created by and was run by Mr Versteegh under a trust structure. Lady Justice King, giving the lead judgment in Versteegh v Versteegh [2018] EWCA Civ 1050, noted that the costs to date (excluding the costs of the appeal) [...]

Divorce Lawyers of Reddit Reveal The Weirdest Reasons Their Clients Filed

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Divorce lawyers swarmed to the subreddit r/AskReddit yesterday after user u/KylonneSpencer asked: “Divorce lawyers of Reddit, what is the most ridiculous reason your client filed divorce for?” The comments hit more than 6,400 by the following day and the responses range from very funny to very messed up. Are they ultimately, a little sad? Sure. But, man, are they entertaining. Responding to the thread, Reddit user u/BlankSmitty got the top comment when he responded: “I had a client file for divorce because every morning his wife would ask him how he takes his coffee… for seven years.” Another responded that [...]

What To Do When You Regret Your Divorce

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—All the problems, the arguing, the unhappiness, it is all over now that the divorce is final. Right? Not always. More couples than you may realize get through a divorce only to find out in the months and/or years following that they feel they have made a mistake. So what should you do if you have signed the final paperwork, paid all the lawyers’ fees, and then start to realize that you are regretting your divorce? What You NEED To Do Spend some time really thinking about things. Divorces generally don’t happen overnight. There were a lot of things that [...]

Billionaire oligarch in UK’s biggest divorce wins latest battle with ex-wife after judges in Dubai s…

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A Russian oligarch at the centre of Britain's costliest divorce has won his latest battle with his estranged wife over a court order to seize his £300m super yacht. Bailiffs acting for the High Court in London had taken control of the 115m yacht Luna owned by oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov when it docked in Dubai. But in a blow to the oligarch's former wife Tatiana, appeal court judges in the country overturned the ruling. The Court of Appeal of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) said that the country's lower court had no power to seize the [...]