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Democrats beat Dad in political donations made by Kline & Specter. In the past two years, members of the Philadelphia firm tipped $36,000 toward Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards. That’s $11,000 more than the firm donated in a three-year period toward the re-election of Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, father of name partner Shanin. “John Edwards is a friend of mine, and he’s a trial lawyer,” explained Shanin … Twenty years after Dow and Monsanto settled with U.S. soldiers over damage allegedly caused by Agent Orange, three Vietnamese citizens have filed suit in U.S. federal court against makers of the now-banned defoliant. The suit, which names about 20 additional defendants, is the first such action by Vietnamese persons in a U.S. court … Families of British victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will get their first chance today to claim a share of the U.S.-established Victims Compensation Fund. In what may be the first U.K. civil action presided over by a U.S. judge, Special Master Kenneth Feinberg will decide damages for the victims’ families. Simon K. Walton of Pennsylvania’s Schultheis & Walton is representing the families pro bono … Cut the court, the acting chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court begged lawmakers Wednesday. Citing falling caseloads and budget woes, Gorman Houston asked legislators to trim the high court from nine to seven justices. Opponents protest that candidates are already running for the open seats and that a smaller court would be vulnerable to sudden political shifts … Scientists may study the 9,300-year-old remains called Kennewick Man, an appeals court has decided. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling giving scholars access to the body. Native American tribes had wanted to bury the bones, which they consider sacred. – Lori Patel

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