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07 December 2015

Father of class actions held at gunpoint in attack on home

Stanley Chesley, who at the height of his career was one of America's top tort lawyers, was attacked along with his wife, judge Susan Dlott, in a robbery at their home over the weekend.

By Neasa MacErlean

Dmitry Kaminsky

Three men were arrested by the police within an hour of the attack in Ohio. Mr Chesley, now 79, and his wife went through his private wood to a neighbour's house and rang the police after the robbers left their property. He had at one stage been pushed down some stairs. 

Lockerbie trial

Mr Chesley became famous when, in 1977, he sued the eletrical wire industry as a way of seeking damages for the 165 people killed in the Beverley Hills Supper Club fire. The tactic was both new and successful, and he won $49m for the victims' families. He went on to represent victims in several other famous cases, including the downing of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie. Source: Cinncinnati.com

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