National Affairs: Case Unclosed

On a hot July afternoon in 1944. the big top of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, pitched in an open field near Hartford, Conn., burst into flames. Within half an hour, the tent was gone and 169 people, two-thirds of them children, were dead or fatally injured. Last week, ten years to the day after the fire, Bridgeport's Superior Court Judge John T. Cullinan ordered the circus to pay $100,000 in legal fees to Julius B. Schatz. Hartford attorney who had served as legal counsel during a decade of receivership. When the fee is paid, the litigation that...

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