BP Settlement Conversion Draws Permanent Disbarment

The Louisiana Supreme Court has permanently disbarred an attorney Kenneth and Paula Laborde retained respondent to represent their company, TekCrete, Inc., in connection with a claim for losses resulting from the BP oil spill. Respondent accepted the representation for a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Kenneth, Louisiana Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Paula Laborde, TekCrete Inc

Billing Issues Draw One Year Suspension

The Iowa Supreme Court rejected a proposed 60-day suspension and ordered a suspension of one-year. The attorney was reimbursed for services by the State Public Defender, which conducted an inquiry into her bills The SPD review also revealed discrepancies with... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Spd, Iowa Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, State Public Defender

Fen-Phen Fee Fight Remanded

The Utah Supreme Court remanded a dispute between a departed attorney and his former firm This appeal arises out of a longstanding dispute between attorney Gregory Jones and his former law firm, Mackey Price Thompson & Ostler, P.C. (MPTO), over... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Billable Hours, Utah Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Gregory Jones, Mackey Price Thompson Ostler P

Fifth Circuit still sucks on prison-conditions litigation: Coronavirus edition

The US Supreme Court has declined to vacate a stay by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of an injunction granted to Texas prison inmates from the Pack Unit, a geriatric prison unit, reported the New York Times. The inmates had asked for improved protections from the coronavirus. Four justices were needed to take the case, but only two apparently wanted to do so. Justice Sotomayor issued a statement, joined by Justice Ginsberg. Here are some notable excerpts: The District Court heard unrefuted te...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York Times, Circuit, Ross, US supreme court, Anderson, Bessemer, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Blake, District Court, Fifth Circuit, Sotomayor, Brennan, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ

At the Allium Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse

"I invented heavy rock because I never even heard of Link Wray til the 80s - his records weren’t hard rock - the Ventures were heavier than Link Wray..."

"... No Trespassing by the Ventures is a heavy record - he wasn’t an influence on me... Link Wray played open chords with a slight distortion i used heavy bar chords with distortion through my green amp which I cut the speaker up with the razor blade to get the sound I wanted and no one was doing that then... I’m surprised you would say this. I’m not going off I’m defending me self."Tweets The Kinks' Dave Davies, responding to a tweet by Stevie Van Zandt that is deleted now. Stevie appeases: "Yo...
Tags: Music, Law, Dave, The Kinks, Dave Davies, Wray, Stevie, Townshend, Ventures, Stevie Van Zandt, Ann Althouse, Link Wray

"Leaders of cities and counties who raced this week to implement restrictions in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling against Gov. Tony Evers are now tossing those orders..."

"... many citing uncertainty over whether they are legal. At least 17 communities had issued new orders aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus by Friday morning — but hours later, at least eight had dropped them.... The Democratic attorney general late Friday weighed in on the question by issuing an opinion saying the Supreme Court ruling did not apply to the local officials' authority but that any orders they issue should not carry criminal penalties.... [O]ther attorneys and officials...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Republican, Madison, Democratic, Dane County, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Wisconsin Counties Association, Marci Paulsen

Clarence Thomas Really Looking For Something We Can Remember Him By Other Than Coke Cans — See Also

But Does He Know The Original Westron?: Clarence Thomas talks up Frodo Baggins... or Maura Labingi if you're really a nerd. How Does This All Go Together?: DLA Piper says goodbye to its Joint Global Head of the employment practice signing a song from a movie about Nazis while dressed up like it's the 1920s. It makes more sense when you see it. Layoffs? What Layoffs?: Stealth layoffs strike again. What's In Your Wallet Collection Of Executed Contractual Relationships?: Our new "COVID and the L...
Tags: Law, Dla Piper, Clarence Thomas, Frodo Baggins, See Also, Maura Labingi

USNS Mercy concludes its mission in Los Angeles, returns to San Diego

The USNS Mercy headed out of the Port of Los Angeles on Friday, May 15, seven weeks after it arrived to help back up area hospitals facing a surge of coronavirus patients. “When the Mercy came into our port,  she gave us a boost of confidence that we had the resources to take on this crisis,” Los Angeles Supervisor Janice Hahn said. “When she left, she gave us a boost of confidence because she was no longer needed. We were able to handle this on our own.” The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy le...
Tags: New York, News, Navy, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Military, Fema, Port Of Los Angeles, San Diego, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, Costa Mesa, San Fernando Valley, Fairview

Hedge Fund Manager In Jail For Ponzi Scheming Won’t Get Out For Lawyer’s Horndogging

Keenan Hauke’s attorney may have been blinded by desire for his client’s wife, but Hauke should have said something about that earlier.
Tags: Law, Finance, Hauke, Keenan Hauke

The Looming Crisis (And Opportunity) For In-House Counsel

Do you know what's in all of your deals?
Tags: Technology, Law, House, Mark Harris, Knowable, In-House Counsel, COVID Cast Podcast, Featured Podcasts

Biglaw Firm Offers Students Who Didn’t Get Summer Associate Jobs The Chance To Work As ‘Virtual’ Summer Associates

This is an awesome résumé line -- minus the Biglaw cash, of course.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Venable

OBAMAGATE: The Crime So Heinous They Haven’t Invented A Statute For It Yet

The horror of a routine government procedure used 10,000 times a year!
Tags: Crime, Law, Government, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Michael Flynn

Top 25 Law Firm Conducts Stealth Layoffs

Exact number of associates let go remains unclear.
Tags: Layoffs, Law, Biglaw, Goodwin Procter, Stealth Layoffs, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Volatility Ahead: CFTC Warns Exchanges, Brokers to Prep for Wild Ride [Sponsored]

In light of recent extreme market volatility and upside-down pricing, the CFTC stressed that derivatives exchanges, clearinghouses, and futures commission merchants need to have their systems up to snuff.
Tags: Law, Cftc, Wolters Kluwer, Sponsored Content, COVID-19

Mega Firm Celebrates Lawyers’ ‘Sartorial Flair’

A Biglaw firm being silly and having a good time!
Tags: Law, Biglaw, Dla Piper, Tim Howell, Roll on Friday

Ask the author: Reuters on the consequences of qualified immunity for police officers

Credit: Reuters In the United States, police violence frequently dominates the news cycle. People who believe that police officers have subjected them to excessive force can bring civil suits for violation of their Fourth Amendment rights. But these lawsuits often run up against the legal doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which excuses officers from liability for official actions that do not violate clearly established law. On May 8, Reuters published a special report, “For cops who kill, spe...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, San Francisco, United States, Houston, Pearson, Ray, Reuters, Thomas, Andrea, Sonia Sotomayor, Vickers, Alito, Baxter, Sotomayor

When Lawyers Get Sued – Learn How To Protect Your Firm [Sponsored]

Join us on May 29th to find out how to make insurance a bit less painful and confusing.
Tags: Technology, Law, Insurance, Webinars, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, Embroker

More Firms Hit with Ransomware, As Attackers Demand One Firm Pay $42M

The spate of ransomware attacks against law firms continues, with at least two more firms hit this week and another firm, which I reported last week, now being asked to pay ransom of a sky-high $42 million or else have its celebrity clients’ privileged files released online. I’d reported here last week of the ransomware attack against a New York City law firm that represents superstar musicians such as Lady Gaga, Elton John and Madonna. Although I did not then name the firm, Grubman Shire Meisel...
Tags: Florida, Law, New York City, Uncategorized, Madonna, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Trump, Page Six, Lady Gaga Elton John, Allen Grubman, Grubman Shire Meiselas Sacks, Clark Partington

Stephen Susman Recovers From Coma And Leaves Hospital

A little good news to close out this week.
Tags: Law, Susman Godfrey, Small Law Firms, Stephen Susman

Know Your Case Way Before Trial By Doing Trial Preparation Early

Make sure you do real trial prep -- in particular, some kind of mock trial or hearing -- as early as you can.
Tags: Law, Litigators, John G. Balestriere

"According to a CNN poll released this week, nearly three-quarters of Democrats said the worst of the crisis is still ahead of us..."

"... while only about a quarter of Republicans said the same. This marked a 15 percentage-point drop among Democrats since CNN last asked the question in April, and a 44-point drop among Republicans. A YouGov/Economist poll also found a similar divide this week; 58 percent of Democrats said the pandemic is going to get worse compared with only 20 percent of Republicans...."FiveThirtyEight reports.Why should predictions about what a virus will do have so much to do with political orientation? I m...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Optimism, Polls, Trump, Pessimism, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion, Partisanship, YouGov Economist, Coronavirus

The Week We Learned That Clarence Thomas Is Really Into Hobbits

The Third Age is about as originalist as you can get.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Clarence Thomas

"Deep Disadvantage, Blameworthiness, and Sentencing"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Michael Tonry just recently posted to SSRN. Here is its abstract: Arguments in favor of a “social adversity” or “rotten social background” defense are substantially stronger than those against.  People disagree in principle whether an affirmative defense of deep disadvantage, paralleling the insanity defense, should be recognized and whether judges should routinely mitigate the severity of sentences imposed on deeply disadvantage...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Michael Tonry

"I can't imagine another state that is in this predicament..."

How are you supposed to know what the rules are from county to county? It's hard enough to understand the orders that apply in your home county. I struggled as long as I could put up with it to understand my own county's weird order that came in the wake of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's rejection of Governor Evers's order, but what's up with the neighboring counties? And do I even notice when I've crossed over to another county? If I leave my county to go to a restaurant in another county, am I ...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Evers, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Too Many Rules, Federalism

Judge Tells Devin Nunes’s Dad (And Lawyer Stephen Biss) To Put Up Or Shut Up In Defamation Lawsuit Over Esquire Article

Complaining about defamation runs in the family.
Tags: Technology, Law, Devin Nunes, Stephen Biss

How might an "Office of Plea Integrity" be best constructed and tasked to improve our bargained system of justice?

The question in the title of this post is a riff off this great new commentary from Clark Neily that seeks to turn the many lemons of the Flynn kerfuffle into tasty criminal justice reform lemonade.  The extended piece, headlined "Department of Injustice," is worth a read in full, and here is how it starts and closes: While the Michael Flynn prosecution is currently imploding, no matter how it ends, the key lesson is clear: The nakedly coercive tactics routinely used by federal prosecutors to o...
Tags: Law, Congress, Fbi, Nevada, Doj, Cliven Bundy, Flynn, Stevens, Sullivan, Ted Stevens, Michael Flynn, Jeff Jensen, Emmet Sullivan, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Clark Neily

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