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“Fundamentally dishonest,” said a Colorado judge assessing Davis Graham & Stubbs’ handling of discovery in a recent environmental contamination trial. The Denver firm “deliberately, systematically and comprehensively” withheld information, ruled District Judge Herbert Stern, who ordered the firm and its client, Brown Retail Group, to cover plaintiffs’ legal costs. Earlier this month, a jury awarded $1 million — of a requested $281 million — to residents who had sued Brown as the owner of an old rifle scope factory accused of dumping chemicals … Feeling jealous, Justice Rehnquist? Next year, the chief justice of the New Zealand Supreme Court will pocket $335,000 in annual pay. Of course, those are New Zealand dollars, which trade at two-thirds the value of Yankee bucks. Still, apples to apples, the yearly salary for the country’s highest judge will best Rehnquist’s by a U.S. equivalent of nearly $25,000 … KLegal’s U.K. managing partner won’t be sticking around to find out how the firm manages without its former parent. By end of January, Nick Holt will bolt. KLegal had 3,000 lawyers worldwide last month when accounting giant KPMG decided to cut it loose … Nevada lawyers have won permission to advertise as specialists. The state high court has approved a State Bar petition to allow such ads by lawyers with certified expertise … Maine officials have been making an offer that Oregon keeps finding ways to refuse. The Eastern state has Dwight Lindblom, 53, in custody. It is ready to extradite him. It would even chip in $3,000 for airfare. Thanks, anyway, says Oregon, which appears to have no immediate need for a sexual offender with convictions in seven states. Portland, Maine, police chief Michael Chitwood says he may not be able to force Lindblom onto Oregon, but he plans to calculate the charges of holding him and send the tab West. – Lori Patel

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