Montana

90 ABA Journal Montana articles.

Bankruptcy court in Montana confirms Chapter 11 plan that pays $20M to clergy abuse victims
The federal bankruptcy court in Montana has confirmed a Chapter 11 plan for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings that pays $20 million to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling
Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.
Montana Supreme Court justice coins rhyming legal caveat for drug dealers

A Montana Supreme Court justice coined a legal caveat for drug dealers in an opinion that found no double jeopardy bar to a state prosecution for drug possession.

The Missoulian…

Montana legislature says ABA model rule on discrimination and harassment violates First Amendment

A joint resolution passed Wednesday by the Montana state legislature condemns the ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g) as a violation of Montanans’ First Amendment rights.

The model rule,

State high court justices ask their senators to preserve funding for the Legal Services Corp.

Justices of at least two state supreme courts have asked their states’ senators to fight a proposal by President Donald Trump’s administration to revoke all funding for the Legal…

Petition seeks ouster of judge who sentenced man to 60 days for incest with 12-year-old daughter

A Montana judge is defending his decision to sentence a man to 60 days in jail for incest with his 12-year-old daughter.

An online petition at Change.org is criticizing the…

Lawyer accused of surreptitiously buying client’s property is hired as city attorney

A Montana lawyer has been hired as city attorney despite a pending ethics complaint involving his efforts to collect an attorney fee from a divorce client.

The city of Libby,…

Lawyer held in contempt for email now faces ethics charges

A former assistant public defender in Montana is facing an ethics complaint for his alleged reaction to a judge’s refusal to accept a plea deal.

The lawyer, Mark Epperson of…

Woman traumatized by finding human face on car wash floor sues trucking company

It all began with a September 2013 hit-and-run accident involving a semitrailer truck, the plaintiff in a Montana lawsuit says.

The victim, Elgie Bedford, 81, who had been on foot…

State doesn’t owe court reporter $744K, because judge settled sex harassment suit without its OK

Montana taxpayers are off the hook, at least for now, concerning a $744,000 sexual harassment settlement last year between a now-former 16th Judicial District judge and his onetime court reporter.

Lawyer accused of stealing over $500K from clients and trial bar group gets 42 months

A once-prominent Montana lawyer was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges.

Prosecutors in the Missoula case say…

Unbowed by 9th Circuit contempt order, ex-billionaire’s lawyer says he ‘feels like Gandhi’

A California lawyer apparently was not daunted by a contempt order issued Tuesday by a federal appeals court panel.

Responding to 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals findings that he…

New DNA techniques entitle inmate to new testing despite deadline, 9th Circuit says

Old DNA samples that were too small for testing under old techniques can be examined using new tests, even though a three-year limit has passed, a federal appeals court has…

Trial attorney and wife give $10m to law school from which 3 generations of his family graduated

A trial attorney and his wife have donated $10 million to the law school from which he, his father and two sons have graduated,

The gift is one of the…

Federal judge jails ex-billionaire for contempt until he explains where $13.8M from resort sale went

A federal judge says an ex-billionaire hasn’t fully disclosed what happened to the $13.8 million he got from selling a Mexican resort.

So he held Tim Blixseth in contempt and…

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