Both sides claim extortion as legal battle heats up in suit accusing Roethlisberger of rape

Both sides claim extortion in Big Ben’s rape case

RENO, Nev. — Ben Roethlisberger’s lawyers say the woman accusing him of raping her at Lake Tahoe last summer is “disturbed and calculating” and fabricated the assault to extort a big payoff from the Steelers quarterback.

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Legal battle heats up in suit accusing Roethlisberger of rape; sanctions sought

Legal battle heats up in Roethlisberger case

RENO, Nev. — A lawyer for the woman who claims Ben Roethlisberger raped her at Lake Tahoe last summer is asking a judge to sanction the Steelers quarterback’s legal team, saying they tried to “bully” her into dropping her civil lawsuit.

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Mass. man says his parents, both prominent lawyers, knew he was growing, dealing pot at home

Mass. man: Lawyer parents knew I was drug dealer

NATICK, Mass. — Two prominent attorneys are under police scrutiny after their son, arrested on charges he was dealing marijuana from home, told investigators his parents knew what he was doing. Police found a small smoking pipe, scale and baggies in their bedroom.

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Cloud hangs over Native American artifacts market after federal raids in Four Corners

Fed crackdown puts tribal artifact dealers on edge

SANTA FE, N.M. — An intensifying federal investigation into the sale of Native American artifacts has brought fear and uncertainty to one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Indian artifact shows.

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Merck, Schering-Plough paying $41.5 million to settle class-action lawsuit over Vytorin

Merck, Schering-Plough in $42M Vytorin settlement

TRENTON, N.J. — Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. said Wednesday they will pay $41.5 million to settle lawsuits claiming the drugmakers, partners on two blockbuster cholesterol drugs, delayed unfavorable study results because they would hurt sales.

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Student in Mass. download case seeks minimum, described as a kid just ‘clicking on a computer’

Minimal damages sought in Mass. song-download case

BOSTON — A lawyer for a Boston University student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music urged a federal jury Friday to “send a message” to the music industry by awarding only minimal damages.

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Merck and Schering-Plough offer to disclose more details of $41.1 billion deal to settle suit

Merck and Schering offer to settle merger lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. — Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp., which are combining to form the world’s No. 2 drugmaker, said Friday they have each reached a settlement to end multiple lawsuits brought by shareholders seeking to block the tie-up.

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Actor Dennis Franz sues over chandelier mishap at Idaho lake home

Actor Dennis Franz sues over chandelier mishap

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Actor Dennis Franz and his sister have filed lawsuits over alleged injuries suffered when a chandelier fell at Franz’s house on Lake Coeur d’Alene in 2007.

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Evangelist says he will take the stand at his sex-crimes trial against his lawyers’ advice

Alamo: ‘I’m going to testify’ in sex crimes trial

TEXARKANA, Ark. — Evangelist Tony Alamo walked into court Tuesday and told reporters he planned to take the stand in his sex-crime trial, even though his lawyers have advised against it.

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Defense lawyers still unsure if evangelist Tony Alamo will testify at his sex-crimes trial

Defense unsure if evangelist Alamo will testify

TEXARKANA, Ark. — As lawyers begin to defend evangelist Tony Alamo against sex-crime charges, their biggest liability might be their client.

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