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       at'--- Trial Lawyers and the DOJ.. . Partners in Crime?                                    Tort D'Jour
          As head of the II .S . Deparcment of Justice, Attorney General Janet
       Reno currently oversees a$20 billion annual budget, and has over 9,100                Man Han."t spel, Sues Tnatead
       laveyers at her disposal .
                                                                                         The Sacramento Bee reports that Lee
           Make that 9,100 plus 40 .                                                     W111iams, 23, is seeking 325,000 in
           The Justice Department's proposed bndgetfor I+T 2000 includes a               damages frem a tattoo parlor for
       request for $20 million to fund efforts to "reeover the expenses of               misspelling the word'billain" on his
       federal health care programs far tobacco-related illnesses ." With this           right forearm.
       $20 million, Attorney General Reno hopes to create new positions for 40           The problem is, the incorrect spelling
       private personal injury lawyers, within DOJ, to litigate the tobacco ease         ("villian") came from Williams himself,
       on the government's behalf .                                                      who was unsure as to the spelling of the
            Attorney General Reno is also asking for $5 million additional               word upon entering the parlor . After
     ~Ollars for anticipated cests of expert witnesses in tobacco litigation .           much debate, Williams finally settled
                                                                                         on the incorreot "billian ." In fact,
     - Trial lawyers and the Justice Department? This could be the start
                                                                                         Williams didn't even notice the error
       of a dangerous friendship .                                                       until years later, when a friend made
                                                                                         fun of him .

       i•--~ 4 otu' of 5 Dentists Warn: Frivolous T.awsuits                              Williams got the tattoo in 1996, and
                                                                                         claims it took 51,900 and "a sear as long
       Dangerous to Common Sense                                                         as his forearm" to remove the mis-
          Looks like our nation's personal injury lawyers need to "brush up" on          spelled word. Now he wants $25,000 for
       the benefits of proper oral hygiene, given cheir latest attempt to gum up         his own mistake .
       the legal system with an ever-expanding list of products hazardous to             No word yet on Williams' plans for the
       your health .                                                                     money . Might Legal Briefs suggest a
         The Houston Chronicle reports that Chicago lawyer Richard                       dictionary?
       Applebaum has filed a class action lawsuit against toothbrush manutaa
      turers for their alleged failure to warn consumers of the potential of "toothbrush related injury ." "People injure themselves
      using toothbrushes, " said Applebaum, ' and there should be warnings and there should be precautions :
          The suit also names the American Dental Association for its endorsement, through the "seal of acceptance program," of
       certain toothbrushes and tooth care products . ADA President Dr. Timothy Rose bristled at Applebaum's "nonsensical"
       claims, saying, "We live in a litigious society . Anybodycan sue, but that doesn't mean the suit has merit . This one doesn't ."

       kw-~ Woman Sues After Being Left in Doghouse
          A deceased millionaire has left his longtime female companion In the financial doghouse in favor of another companion,
       his pet dog .
         According to a recent Reuters report, Sidney Altman, who passed away in 1996, left 6350,000 in his will to his 15•year old
       cocker spaniel, Samantha . Altman also left Samantha his Beverly Hills mansion, valued at $5 million. Meanwhile, Sfl•year
       old Marie Dana, Altman's lonE;-time human companion, was left an annual stipend of $60,000, and is allowed to remain living
       in the mansion provided she continues to care for Samantha . Altman's will also stipulates that when Samantha dies, Dana
       loses her stipend and the house is to be sold . The proceeds of the sale are to be donated to animal cbarities .
    • Dana is suing for half the estate .
         Let's see : a 55 million home, plus Si350,000 in cash . T hat comes out to about $57.5 million -- in dog money .

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