The Ohio Supreme Court on Oct. 14 fined a so-called trust mill and its affiliate company nearly $6.4 million for the unlicensed practice of law in the biggest penalty of its kind in the state’s history.

The ruling ended seven years of legal wrangling between the Columbus Bar Association and American Family Prepaid Legal Corp. and its affiliated Heritage Marketing and Insurance Services Inc., both former companies based in California and owned by the father-and-son team of Jeffrey and Stanley Norman.

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