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Plaintiffs attorneys are walking away with a bear’s share of an Alaskan salmon price-fixing settlement. In a distribution approved by Superior Court Judge Peter A. Michalski, Susman Godfrey and the Furth Firm will split $16.4 million of the $40 million settlement. Another $13.8 million will go to the defendant seafood companies and their attorneys, including Feldman & Orlansky, the Summit Law Group, Perkins Coie and Dorsey & Whitney. The fishermen themselves will collect less than a quarter of the settlement — just over $2,100 apiece. The arrangement is a clear victory for plaintiffs counsel, after the state of Alaska tried to block their fees, in part because the attorneys lost the later trial for fishermen who refused to settle … Conflicts? What conflicts? say five justices on the Mississippi Supreme Court, refusing requests to recuse themselves from 13 cases. The justices, who earlier brought a complaint against their then-colleague Charles McRae, say they’ll hold no grudges in cases brought by McRae’s son-in-law. Likewise, they promise not to play favorites in cases involving Butler Snow, the firm that Chief Justice Ed Pittman says helped on the complaint against McRae … A suspicious white powder led officials to close an Ohio courthouse Friday. The Montgomery County district courthouse was expected to reopen today, though the results of lab tests might not be available until later in the week. No illnesses were reported as a result of the powder, which was discovered in a bookkeeping office after hours Thursday … Charges of plagiarism are dogging a judge on the Czech Republic’s Supreme Court. Zdenek Sovak, who is already on disciplinary leave, could lose his job for good if it’s confirmed that he put his name to multiple articles written entirely by other scholars. – Lori Patel

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