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Lawyer’s joke goes bad Portland, Ore. (AP)�The Oregon Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a Grant County lawyer who impersonated a former classmate on an Internet bulletin board. It’s a ruse that Jim Carpenter has been dealing with for years. The Oregon State Police investigated his posting on www.Classmates.com in 2001, but decided against pressing charges. Carpenter, however, dropped his campaign for district attorney because of the publicity. Carpenter, who could not be reached for comment, has always maintained that it was a joke that fell flat. The classmate is an educator. Here’s what Carpenter posted under his name: “Hey all! How is it going. I am married to an incredibly beautiful woman, AND I get to hang out with high school chicks all day (and some evenings too). I have even been lucky with a few.” The school officials where the classmate worked conducted an investigation that could have ended his career. The Oregon Supreme Court emphasized the seriousness of the situation in its reprimand. “By adopting the teacher’s identity and posting the online message that he composed, the accused created a significant risk that his actions would affect the teacher’s legal rights adversely,” it said. Governator drops suit over doll Los Angeles (AP)�California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger settled a lawsuit last week against an Ohio firm that produces bobblehead dolls in his image. The former Hollywood actor, who is fiercely protective of his image on the stump and on the screen, sued Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc. in April to halt production of the plastic dolls that featured a gun-toting Schwarzenegger in a business suit. Under the new agreement, Ohio Discount can produce Schwarzenegger�the-politician dolls�without the gun. The $19.99 dolls will be available online, a statement from the company said. Ohio Discount also agreed to donate a portion of sales to Schwarzenegger’s nonprofit Arnold All-Stars after-school program in Los Angeles. “We’re very happy with the settlement, and we look forward to the release of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger bobblehead doll,” said Todd Bosley, co-owner of Ohio Discount. Schwarzenegger’s lawyer, Martin Singer, said that the governor was glad to see an end to the unauthorized uses of his image. “And he’s happy to see the money going to his charity,” Singer said. The original Schwarzenegger bobblehead was part of a deal that included several Democratic presidential candidates, organized by Washington lobbyist John Edgell, to raise money for two cancer and children’s charities. Edgell, who was also named in Schwarzenegger’s suit, said he opposes the settlement and will seek an injunction. Dinner trauma A Philadelphia jury has awarded $4 million to a teenager and her parents because the teenager claims she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since unintentionally chewing on a bloody adhesive bandage that had found its way into the sweet potato balls she ordered at a local Chinese restaurant. The damages in Roberts v. Grand King Buffet included $3.5 million for Anastasia Roberts and $500,000 for her parents. Paul Czech, Roberts’ attorney, said that Anastasia’s award was for the psychological pain and suffering brought on by the PTSD she claimed was caused by the incident, and that the $500,000 her parents received was for the medical bills they have paid since 2000. The restaurant’s lawyer, William Devlin Jr., said that his client is filing post-trial motions in the case. � American Lawyer Media

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