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Bad judges, beware. A new rule from the Louisiana State Bar gives state lawyers an affirmative duty to report judicial misconduct. Previously, attorneys had been required to answer truthfully only if quizzed about jurists’ wrongdoing. The State Bar is moving more slowly on further ethical reforms, including a proposal to curb loans to clients … IBM has settled with a woman who claimed she suffered retardation due to her mother’s exposure to chemicals at a Fishkill, N.Y., plant. Candace Curtis, who had sued for $100 million, settled for an undisclosed amount just as jury selection was about to begin. IBM gained leverage in the 200 chemical exposure cases pending against it with its victory in a Santa Clara, Calif., courtroom last week … The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is mulling whether to allow two families to sue the FBI for allegedly giving gangster informants free rein. The families of Roger Wheeler and John McIntyre claim the FBI contributed to their deaths by giving too much power to the alleged killers, James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi. A lower court had tossed the suits as untimely, but the families argue that they lacked necessary evidence until Bulger and Flemmi were charged with the crimes … Coming soon to Las Vegas: The Cochran Firm. The plaintiffs firm is scooping up Mainor Eglet Cottle, a nine-attorney practice that boasts the state record for a personal injury settlement ($17 million). The deal, which goes live March 16, extends The Cochran Firm’s reach to 11 states … Please lengthen my sentence, begged a 73-year-old Canadian man ordered to spend 20 months in jail for shooting an intruder. Angelo Foti convinced a Winnipeg judge to stretch his term to 24 months so he could serve his time in federal prison, where smoking is allowed. – Lori Patel

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