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Goodbye, why don’t you stay awhile? That’s what Coca-Cola chiefs have asked GC Deval Patrick. Three days after announcing Patrick’s resignation, chairman and CEO Douglas Daft declared that Patrick would be staying through to the end of the year. That’s when Daft himself is scheduled to leave, capping a year of deep erosion in the company’s top ranks … If anyone knows the pain of parting, it’s O’Flaherty and Belgum. More than six years after the med-mal boutique exploded, its former partners have been forced to make a fresh attempt to sort out who owes whom. The partners went through arbitration, but a California appeals court voided the outcome and this week the state Supreme Court declined to get involved. The former partners have been quarreling since late 1997, when Michael O’Flaherty led a mass migration of attorneys who agreed that MP Stephen Belgum was spending too much time on his cattle ranch. The arbitrator found for Belgum, saying his colleagues never gave him a chance to work through their differences … Make that the $550,000 Commandments: That’s how much Alabama is slated to pay attorneys who successfully sued former Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove the monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. Moore’s still-angry counsel, Steve Melchior, considers the deal a bargain, saying: “On the bright side of things, the people of the state of Alabama only had to pay approximately 10 cents per person to expose former attorney general Bill Pryor for the moral and ethical coward that he is” … Indefinite confinement works just fine for persons found not guilty by reason of insanity, Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous decision, the court found that state law gave psychiatric inmates adequate opportunities to protest their continued confinement. – Lori Patel

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