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A proposed $100,000 cap on contingency fees in med-mal cases has drawn strong financial backing. Oregonians for Quality, Affordable and Reliable Health Care has raised $1.6 million in support of the state initiative, though it has yet to reach the signature-gathering stage. The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association expressed confidence, noting than a slim one-quarter of voters supported a 2000 measure to limit damages in civil cases … Unpaid legal bills have brought fresh trouble to Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland and one of his judicial appointments. James K. Robertson Jr., who is up for confirmation to the state Superior Court, testified to his former firm’s agreement to defer $100,000 in legal fees until Rowland left office. Carmody & Torrance has enjoyed a sharp uptick in state business during Rowland’s term … Can Intel recover the $150 million it has already paid to Intergraph for patent infringement? Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit expressed doubt over Intergraph’s patent claims and remanded the case to a trial court in Marshall, Texas. The decision has both sides reviewing the terms of their unusual settlement, by which Intel had agreed to pay $150 million if Intergraph won at trial and a further $100 million if it had won again on appeal … Robert Bork has a new job teaching constitutional law at the University of Richmond’s School of Law. The 76-year-old former circuit judge, most famous for the job he never held, will teach one class in the fall and co-host “Constitutional Conversations” in the spring … A supermarket cashier convinced a New Jersey judge to let her claim a slice of a $32.9 million jackpot. Superior Court Judge Mitchel Ostrer simply found Mary Marinelli more believable than a co-worker who denied that he’d promised to add her to a lottery pool. – Lori Patel

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