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The Delaware Superior Court affirmed a Court of Chancery decision finding in favor of a defendant law firm in a contingency fee discpute Appellant had been involved in a multi-vehicle accident. Appellant eventually retained the law firm of Pratcher Krayer,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Billable Hours, Appellant, Court of Chancery, Legal Profession Prof, Delaware Superior Court, Pratcher Krayer

Blakinger scores big victory for hungry TDCJ inmates, visitation denied, why people convicted of unconstitutional statutes are innocent, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: TDCJ to improve lockdown food The Marshall Project's Keri Blakinger hit another home run recently with her story on what Texas prisoners are being fed during lockdown. It was sprinkled with stomach-churning contraband cell-phone pics from inmates that corroborated years of allegations about how awful food could be when prison units are locked down. On Friday, she reported on Twitter that TDCJ has told inmate families they ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Brown, Legislature, Harris County, Rizzo, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas Supreme Court, Texas Commission, Dallas County, Travis County, Gatesville, Daniel Rizzo, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Dallas News

At the Freshwater Café...

... let us know what you're thinking.Comments are always moderated now, which means the overnight café is not a chat room, so you can't have the back and forth, but that means there's more room for extended contemplation and the development of ideas. Or leave links to things you think we might want to read. I'll see them in the morning and will look here for inspiration.If, along the way, you have a need to shop, please use the Althouse Portal to get to Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (An...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Water, Ann Althouse

Masked Statues

A photo I took the other day in front of a (closed) school here in Shanghai: When I saw these statues, it was at a time when it was unclear when elementary schoolers would be returning to school here in Shanghai. To me, the masked statues sort of represented a sort of permanence of the COVID threat. And yet, those masks can be so easily removed from those statues… and they will be. Last Friday, we parents in Shanghai received news that primary schoolers will be returning to school on...
Tags: Children, Society, Personal, Shanghai, Linguistics, COVID-19

Independent contractor agreements: common mistakes to avoid

A lot of companies bring on independent contractors to develop content. They may be photographers, designers, writers, consultants, etc. who sign independent contractor agreements. Here are three common mistakes that you should not make if you are hiring an independent contractor. Intellectual property ownership mistakes in independent contractor agreements The first common mistake is to leave out language that ensures you as the hiring party own the intellectual property in ...
Tags: Law, Youtube, Chicago, Evan Brown, Instagram Subscribe

UK gambling addiction much worse than thought, says survey

Research also warns that half of those with a problem are not getting the help they needGambling addiction rates may be much higher than previously thought, according to research that also warns nearly half of those with a problem are not getting any help. Related: Isolation will fuel gambling addiction. We must protect those at risk | Carolyn Harris Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Gambling, Society, UK News, Poverty, Mental Health, Social exclusion, Carolyn Harris

UK gambling addiction much worse than thought, says YouGov

New research also warns that half of those with a problem are not getting the help they needGambling addiction rates may be much higher than previously thought, according to research that also warns nearly half of those with a problem are not getting any help. Related: Isolation will fuel gambling addiction. We must protect those at risk | Carolyn Harris Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Gambling, Society, UK News, Poverty, Mental Health, Social exclusion, Yougov, Carolyn Harris

Layoffs May Be Unavoidable… No Matter What Firms Do — See Also

Cutback Corner: No austerity measures today, but there was a sobering reminder that for many firms, nothing is going to prevent layoffs. The Smart One Graduates: Tiffany Trump is a law school graduate now so she can explain to the rest of them why they can't cancel elections. I Got Your Long-Arm Statute Right Here!: Naked guy joins civil procedure chat. Morty Had To Die To Enforce The Voting Rights Act: Rick and Morty have been on a bit of a SCOTUS kick. Week In Review: Legal tech journalist...
Tags: Law, Morty, Rick, Tiffany Trump, See Also

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Jon Porter: US Patent Office Rules that Artificial Intelligence Cannot be a Legal Inventor (Source: The Verge) Richard Buzbuzian: Drone Delivery Canada Awarded its Second US Patent for its Proprietary Drone Delivery Technology (Source: Cision) Atty. Andrea C. Kroetch: COVID 19 Update: CIPO Extends Office Deadline (Source: Mondaq) Sara Boseley: US and UK ‘lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs’ (Source: The Guardian) Tyler Duffy: Could Ford’...
Tags: UK, Law, US, Canada, Ford, Uspto, Patent, Keith Robinson, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Davidson Sheehan, Jon Porter, Richard Buzbuzian, Andrea C Kroetch, Mondaq Sara Boseley, Tyler Duffy

JPMorgan Barely Stifling Guffaws At Wells Fargo’s Presumption

The stagecoach has a ways to go before the Morgans feel the shock of recognition.
Tags: Law, Finance, Wells Fargo

Trump Claims He's Taking Hydroxychloroquine

Donald Trump said today he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure to ward off COVID-19. First question: Is he telling the truth? If not, he's putting people in danger by encouraging use of a drug that has not been proven to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Trump

The Upside Of COVID: A License To Risk And Fail

The limitations of the legal swim lanes are a fiction that many of us have collectively bought into.
Tags: Law, In-House Counsel, Olga V. Mack, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Lady Gaga Documents Leaked After Law Firm Was Hacked

The firm has refused to pay the $40+ million ransom.
Tags: Technology, Law, Ransomware, Hackers, Lady Gaga, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks

On LawNext: Mark Harris on the Post-Pandemic Tsunami for Corporate Contracts

Mark Harris is sounding an alarm – or, as he puts it, staging an intervention – for corporate counsel. Harris and Alec Guettel, the original founders 20 years ago of alternative legal services provider Axiom and, since last year, the CEO and CTO of contract management company company Knowable, have taken the unusual step of posting an open letter that they describe as an unsolicited intervention for general counsel. Businesses are about to confront a tidal wave of urgent questions from suppli...
Tags: Law, Cto, HARRIS, Mark Harris, Knowable, LawNext, Guettel, Alec Guettel, LawNext Harris

Event announcement: Clarence Thomas – His Life and Jurisprudence

On Thursday, May 21, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Committee for Justice will host a virtual panel on Justice Clarence Thomas and the interplay between his early life and judicial philosophy, in time for this week’s national TV release of the documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” Committee for Justice President Curt Levey will moderate the discussion, led by Erik Jaffe of Schaerr Jaffe, Ralph Rossum of Claremont McKenna College and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network....
Tags: Law, Clarence Thomas, Claremont McKenna College, Carrie Severino, Curt Levey, Committee for Justice, Event Announcements, Erik Jaffe, Schaerr Jaffe Ralph Rossum, Clarence Thomas His Life

Assessing The Ongoing Challenges Faced In The Legal Industry [Sponsored]

Complete this 5-minute survey and be entered to win one of three $150 Amazon gift cards.
Tags: Amazon, Law, Surveys, Biglaw, Clio, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, Coronavirus

No new grants today

This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference last week. The justices did not add any new cases to their argument calendar for next term. Perhaps most significantly, they did not act at all on the 10 gun rights cases that they had considered for a second time at last week’s conference. The gun rights cases have all been on hold, some for over a year, presumably until the court issued its decision in the challenge to New York City’s ban on the transport of han...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, New York City, Pennsylvania, Thomas, Howe, Garrett, U S Court of Appeals, Clarence Thomas, 3rd Circuit, Cases in the Pipeline, PLRA, Wexford Health, Kareem Garrett

Notable up-to-date accounting of federal inmate deaths as reported by BOP

I am grateful to have received an email Lucas Anderson noting this new posting at Law & Policy Journal where he report on all the federal inmate death that the Bureau of Prisons has reported through today.  The post is titled "Data from BOP press releases reveal that federal inmate deaths from COVID-19 may be accelerating; about half of those dead so far were younger than 60."  Here is its text (which accompanies detailed tables based on BOP statements): The Bureau of Prisons is currently repor...
Tags: Law, Bureau of Prisons, Bop, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Lucas Anderson

An overview of federal compassionate release issues during this pandemic

As regular readers know, in lots of posts since enactment of the FIRST STEP Act, and especially since federal prisons started dealing with the current urgency of a global pandemic, I have made much of a key provision allowing federal courts to directly reduce sentences under the (so-called compassionate release) statutory provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) without awaiting a motion by the Bureau of Prisons.  Unsurprisingly, as the number of motions and rulings around this provision increase...
Tags: Law, Congress, Bloomberg, Seattle, Martinez, Third Circuit, Southern District of New York, Matthew Stiegler, Jed S Rakoff, U S Bureau of Prisons, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Bloomberg Law, Rakoff, Ricardo S Martinez, Bureau of Prisons Unsurprisingly

"Technology is no savior. We can eat, sleep, look at screens, make money — all aspects of our physical existence — but that doesn’t mean anything."

"Art is the exact opposite. It’s infinite, and without it, the world wouldn’t exist as it does. It represents the immaterial soul: intuition, that which we feel in our hearts.... There’s an axiom that says there is no such thing as 'original' music. After what we could consider to be the first sound, from a spiritual perspective — 'om' to some, 'amen' to others — it’s all the same. Musicians borrow different parts and make them their own, but there’s nothing really new.... The spirit of art shin...
Tags: Art, Death, Technology, Law, Sonny Rollins, Ann Althouse, Art And Politics, NYT Rollins


Running a business involves many stakeholders, and every activity directly affects these parties. Your employees, customers, and the middle people who are responsible for making your business successful are your asset.  Every step you take and every activity you perform can affect these people in serious ways that can prove expensive and costly for both parties. Therefore, businesses make sure that they are insured to safeguard the consequences of a potential mishap that can put a business in a ...
Tags: Sales, Insurance, Blog & Grow

Rick And Morty Keep Highlighting Supreme Court Justices

‘I’m that Supreme Court lady and you f**king did it!’
Tags: Television, Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Rick, Rick And Morty, Morty Keep Highlighting Supreme Court

Opinion analysis: Unanimous ruling for plaintiffs on punitive damages for embassy bombings

It has been over two decades since al Qaeda operatives detonated bombs outside the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing over 200 people and injuring thousands more. The victims and their family members later filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking to hold Sudan responsible for its role in providing support for al Qaeda. The trial court awarded them billions of dollars, but a federal appeals court cut that award in half. It ruled that the plaintiffs could not recove...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Howe, Merits Cases, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, FSIA

Missouri seemingly on track to conduct first execution of COVID era

As detailed in prior posts (linked below), Texas and a few other states have postponed more than a few executions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  But, providing more evidence that many are quite eager to get back to business as usual, it seems Missouri is ready to get back to executions tomorrow.  This CBS news report, headlined "Appeals court clears way for Missouri execution despite new questions over evidence," provides these details on a case that is notable for more reasons than j...
Tags: Texas, Law, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, Cbs, Ohio, Circuit, Michael Wolff, American Bar Association, Aba, Springfield, Barton, Midwest Innocence Project, Ozark, 8th U S Circuit Court of Appeals

All The Fashion And Beauty Brand Closures And Bankruptcies Caused By The Pandemic

In many cases, trouble was brewing before COVID-19 hit.
Tags: Fashion, Law

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez on the ABA and the Profession in a Pandemic

For my weekly Law Insights program on Litera TV last week, I interviewed Judy Perry Martinez, the president of the 400,000-member American Bar Association. We talked about how she and the ABA have responded to the pandemic, including with her appointment of the Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic and, just last week, the Coordinating Group on Practice Forward. We also discussed her thoughts on the pandemic’s impacts on the profession, the justice system, and access to just...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, American Bar Association, Aba, Judy Perry Martinez, Litera TV, Coordinating Group on Practice Forward We

Zoom Civil Procedure Conversation Interrupted By Naked Man

No matter how bad you look in your Zoom call, at least you have clothes on.
Tags: Law, Working From Home, Zoom, Funny Headlines, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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