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Here’s one judge who put his mouth where the money is. In a showdown for lead counsel in Molson Coors Brewing Securities litigation, Delaware Judge Kent Jordan wrote that “it is time to decide which of the plaintiffs’ law firms will win the money race.” The showdown between two firms that split-Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman and Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins-ended with Milberg winning top-dog status this time. Jordan insisted he meant no disrespect. “I mean simply to be honest about what appears to be at stake. “It is lead counsel who stands to gain, not the lead plaintiff, as both the tone of the arguments and the logic of the incentives suggest here,” he said. “The ‘pick me’ urgency seems far more likely to come from the lawyers than the parties because, in the real world, people are not so eager to undertake work that someone else will do for them.” After all, he noted, the battle for lead counsel is just a logical “business investment for the lawyers.” Judge gone wild A judge who pointed a handgun at an 18-year-old while searching for his runaway teenage daughter has been permanently barred from the bench by the Indiana Supreme Court. Bryan Schiltz told police he and his roommate returned home on Dec. 8, 2003, after receiving a phone call that Elkhart County, Ind., Superior Court Judge L. Benjamin Pfaff was waiting for them. Schiltz said that when he arrived at his home, Pfaff grabbed him and pulled out a gun. The Indiana Commission for Judicial Qualifications said Pfaff’s concern for his daughter did not justify his misconduct. -Associated Press

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