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Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer found hiding in parents' closet; 'fearsome foursome' law firms named

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Bounty hunter helps track down lawyer on the lam

A Connecticut lawyer on the lam was found hiding in a closet in his parents’ home with the help of bounty hunter Willie “Ghost Dog” Gonzalez. The lawyer, 62-year-old Alfred Cali, disappeared after he pleaded guilty in May to second-degree larceny in connection with a client theft of nearly $15,000. Gonzalez said he called police after he received information that Cali had gone to Mahwah, New Jersey, where his parents live. (The Connecticut Post, press release)

These four law firms make up the ‘fearsome foursome’

General counsel and legal decision-makers most fear four powerhouse law firms as opposing counsel, according to a survey by the BTI Consulting Group. The “fearsome foursome” law firms are: Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. (Law360, BTI press release)

Trump sues Manhattan DA to block subpoenas for his tax returns

President Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday in a bid to block subpoenas for his tax returns in an investigation of hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal before the 2016 presidential election. The suit contends that Trump can’t be criminally investigated while in office. (The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 19 lawsuit)

Landlord pleads guilty for allegedly sending harassing emails to legal aid lawyer

A landlord in Roanoke, Virginia, has pleaded guilty to harassment by computer for allegedly sending dozens of harassing emails to a legal aid lawyer who represented one of his tenants. The landlord, Robert Harris, agreed to pay a $250 fine and refrain from contact with lawyer Emily Jewett for a year. Jewett says she is happy that the case has been resolved. “This has been the worst experience of my life,” she told (

Fastcase acquires bankruptcy platform NextChapter

Legal research company Fastcase has acquired the cloud-based bankruptcy platform NextChapter, which is sometimes described as the TurboTax for bankruptcy cases. (Fastcase press release, LawSites)

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