December 2006 Issue
Secret cash payments. Falsified court documents. Behind-the-scenes deals between favored clients and their counsel. All the elements of a John Grisham potboiler are present in the case of United States v. Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman. The nation’s leading plaintiffs securities class action law firm is on the receiving end of the first criminal indictment filed against a major law firm in U.S. history.
Among the top 10 rules of technology, No. 1 is probably this: You’ll hear a lot of talk before you see what all the talk is about. And maybe that’s why many of you have been holding off on new tech purchases in the last year.
On Sept. 28, 2003, a Denver woman was raped and beaten so savagely her eye had to be surgically removed. Police had only a vague description of her assailant. And DNA evidence recovered from the victim didn’t match any of the more than 50,000 profiles of convicted felons in Colorado’s DNA offender database.
When a client of Chicago lawyers Richard H. Chapman and David M. Rownd called for their help in the growing tug of war over her painting by Pablo Picasso, they quickly recognized that it would be no ordinary case.