11th Circuit

  • kim kardashian RF

    11th Circuit, Quote of the Day

    Chief Judge Cracks Wise About Kardashian

    A jurist who knows his pop culture references.

    15 Comments / / Oct 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM
  • 220px-Eric_Holder_official_portrait

    11th Circuit, Copyright, Department of Justice, Election Law, Fashion, Law Reviews, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.20.14

    * Eric Holder gave millions to Nazis! Or at least that’s how Darrell Issa will put it. But seriously, the Department of Justice has a long-standing policy of allowing Nazi war criminals to collect Social Security payments if they agree to get the hell out of the U.S. [Associated Press via New Europe]

    * A Cleveland attorney, Peter Pattakos, is not worried about contracting Ebola, even though he was in a room with a current Ebola patient, because Pattakos is neither a crazy person nor a cable news producer and realizes that he never exchanged bodily fluids with the patient. As he points out, “I’m much more likely to be mistakenly killed by a police officer in this country than to be killed by Ebola, even if you were in the same bridal shop.” [Cleveland.com]

    * Chanel is suing What About Yves for trademark infringement. The question Professor Colman asks is whether “we really want a trademark ‘protection’ regime in which mark ‘owners’ can prevent creative, non-confusing uses of ‘their property.’” [Law of Fashion]

    * One for the career alternatives file: Miami lawyer who ranks local restaurants opens his own restaurant. At ATL we rank law schools, maybe we should open our own law school. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Academic publishers fighting the war on common sense by charging an arm and a leg for access to research that is written and peer reviewed by other people for free scored a victory on Friday when the Eleventh Circuit rejected the lower court’s articulation of educational fair use in the digital age. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Balancing parenthood and the “jealous mistress” that is the practice of law. [Jed Cain]

    * An amazing symposium on campaign finance reform from the NYU Law Review and the Brennan Center for Justice. It’s a wealth of content. [NYU Law Review]

    * Josh Gilliland from The Legal Geeks gave a presentation on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Law at the San Diego Comic Fest, which sounds much more fun than any “and the Law” class I ever took. He’s provided his slideshow presentation…

    8 Comments / / Oct 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • handcuffs RF

    11th Circuit, White-Collar Crime

    A Limit On the Criminalization of Business

    If the law can be interpreted either way, criminal prosecution should be off the table. Let’s see if the courts agree.

    15 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM
  • Judge Jill Pryor

    11th Circuit, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, Federal Judges, Insider Trading, Judicial Nominations, Law Firm Mergers, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Privacy, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 09.09.14

    * Mathew Martoma, the former Harvard law student who fabricated his transcript when applying for clerkships, gets nine years in prison for insider trading. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * If Bingham McCutchen moves forward on merger talks with Morgan Lewis, a bunch of Bingham partners might bail. [American Lawyer]

    * Congratulations to Judge Jill Pryor, who will join Judge Bill Pryor on the Eleventh Circuit. [Fulton County Daily Report]

    * Can you be fired for medical marijuana in Colorado, where the drug is legal even for recreational purposes? [ABA Journal]

    * Dewey have some good news for the embattled ex-leaders of the defunct law firm? [New York Law Journal]

    * Home Depot is the latest major retailer to be hit by a data breach. [Washington Post]

    1 Comment / / Sep 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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    11th Circuit, Antitrust, China, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.27.14

    * As I noted yesterday over at Redline, the defense in the NCAA trial is putting up some terrible witnesses. Here’s another example. The NCAA’s expert wrote a textbook. The NCAA might have wanted to check it out before bringing him on to help defend themselves IN AN ANTITRUST CASE. [Twitter / Stewart Mandel]

    * Elie and I got in a spirited discussion with Slate’s Jordan Weissmann over my edits to his piece on law schools. And it looks like some outside observers took notice. [Law and More]

    * The case for grade inflation. [The Atlantic]

    * In Wisconsin, a Scott Walker supporter allegedly voted for his boy 5 times. His defense is ripped from a Days of Our Lives script. [CBS News]

    * Our mates at Legal Cheek have the ideal follow-up to our World Cup guide: Which last 16 World Cup team is your law firm? As a QPR fan, I’ll tip my hat to their Harry Redknapp quote. [Legal Cheeks]

    * Overpreparing for a simple meeting. [What Should Law Bros Call Me]

    * An 11th Circuit PIP nightmare. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Hong Kong lawyers protesting what they see as China meddling. Honestly can you blame China? Ever since Hong Kong let Batman just swoop in and grab that guy, you can’t really trust the Hong Kong legal system. [Reuters]

    1 Comment / / Jun 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM
  • Law and money

    11th Circuit, 6th Circuit, Federal Judges, Legal Ethics, Money

    Federal Judges Ruling On Cases Despite Holding Upwards Of $100,000 In Shares Of One Side

    Judges don’t hold themselves to the same standards of avoiding the “appearance of impropriety” that they would a fellow lawyer.

    9 Comments / / Apr 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM
  • Grammar Dictionary Definition

    11th Circuit, Food, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.10.14

    * There’s a guy called the “Good-Grammar Bandit” out there and he’s a high priority target of the FBI? Allow me to take this opportunity to tell the FBI their doing a good job. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Some folks have asked me incredulously about yesterday’s Non-Sequiturs item about Louisiana and Oregon allowing convictions with non-unanimous juries. So here’s some background on how that came to be. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Speaking of Louisiana, a lawyer has filed suit against Morris Bart, a major personal injury law firm, for unpaid wages. From what we’re hearing this may be the tip of the iceberg for these sorts of allegations — lots of people have been leaving the firm recently and that’s a recipe for complaints going both ways. [Louisiana Record]

    * Florida may not regulate real guns any time soon, but one 11th Circuit judge is ready to regulate the hell out of shotgun pleadings! [South Florida Lawyers Blog]

    * Lawyers are bad at social media. They’re bad at social reality, why did we expect them to be good at social virtuality? [CMS Wire]

    * ADA’s father was kidnapped (and recovered). Yikes. [WRAL]

    * A follow-up on our prior Sriracha lawsuit coverage. [USA Today]

    * A look at the legal issues in the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you saw it (and Captain America to the extent they are intertwined), you know there were some heavy legal issues at play. [Legal Geeks]

    2 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • XXX sign RF

    11th Circuit, Federal Judges, Gay, Pictures, Pornography, William Pryor

    Underneath His Robes: Nude Photos Of A Federal Judge?

    Rumors are swirling about this picture — is the young man now a federal judge? Decide for yourself….

    25 Comments / / Sep 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    11th Circuit, Antitrust, Drugs, Intellectual Property, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    When Buying Off A Litigant Is Also Buying Off A Competitor

    According to the Supreme Court, sometimes settling a lawsuit can create an antitrust problem. How?

    8 Comments / / Jun 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM
  • 11th Circuit, 4th Circuit, 7th Circuit, Bankruptcy, BAR/BRI, Career Alternatives, Disability Law, Drugs, Frank Easterbrook, Law Professors, Law Schools, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.12.13

    * The Dukes of Hazzard and Braveheart cited in the Eleventh Circuit. Other circuits, the gauntlet has been thrown down. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Dave’s not here, man. Probably not the smartest stoner on the planet. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Former Skadden attorney loses her appeal claiming that insomnia constituted a disability. It’s a setback for her, but nothing worth losing sleep over. [National Law Journal]

    * The Second Circuit agreed with every other court that heard the motion and denied the effort to recuse Magistrate Judge Peck from the Da Silva Moore predictive coding case. [IT-Lex]

    * Maybe it’s time for law professors to get off their duffs and try helping out their unemployed students directly. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Judge Easterbrook allows a $25K student-loan discharge for a ‘destitute’ paralegal. The educational-industrial complex is not going to sit still for this. [ABA Journal]

    * Saira Rao, of Chambermaid (affiliate link) fame, has a new publishing venture — check it out. [Kickstarter]

    * Oh, BARBRI. What’s the Matter with Kansas, indeed (after the jump)….

    * Posted previously on Facebook (now pulled):

    3 Comments / / Apr 12, 2013 at 4:31 PM
  • Snakes on a plane

    11th Circuit, Airplanes / Aviation, Food, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Masturbation, Non-Sequiturs, Trials

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.10.12

    * I’m not sure what it takes to be a top “Global Thinker,” but I’m sure these law professors are worthy. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Good to see that I’m not the only one who gets crazy pitch letters from lawyers. [Popehat]

    * If somehow this results in a Simpsons episode where the 11th Circuit rules on whether or not the family can have another Snowball, I’ll be happy. [Find Law]

    * No joke, the “things you can’t do on a plane” series is probably my favorite thing in the blawgosphere right now. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Keith Magness, the lawyer accused of masturbating on the office furniture of girls in his firm, entered Alford pleas. But the pleas kind of stuck together. [Times-Picayune]

    * But really, how is anybody going to get trial experience if everybody is entering pleas all the time? [Underdog]

    * Could a benevolent monopolist fix legal education? Perhaps. But I’d vote for a malevolent blogger instead. [lawprofblog]

    * This law student is worried about the tax implications of getting free donuts. He’d better be worried about letting me know that he can get donuts whenever he wants. (Yes, I make the jokes so you can’t hurt me, then go home to bacon-wrapped, fried steak wedges, which don’t judge). [Tax Prof Blog]

    * I was on Geraldo at Large for about 30 seconds this weekend telling a gun range owner that guns should be regulated while standing in the middle of his gun store. I wore bright orange because, well, I didn’t want to get shot. [Geraldo at Large]

    2 Comments / / Dec 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM
  • bored

    11th Circuit, Death Penalty, Drinking, Federal Judges, Murder

    This Federal Judge Wants Shorter Legal Opinions; We Heartily Concur

    This federal appeals court ruling covers quite a range of topics: alcohol abuse, capital murder, Mark Twain, and most importantly, overly long legal opinions.

    13 Comments / / Sep 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM
  • Judge Marcia G. Cooke

    11th Circuit, Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Federal Judges, In-House Counsel, Legal Ethics, Litigators, Litigatrix, Partner Issues, Scott Rothstein, Screw-Ups

    Benchslap of the Day: Judge Cooke Sanctions Greenberg Traurig and TD Bank

    Judge Cooke has ruled on the motion for sanctions against TD Bank and its former counsel, Greenberg Traurig. What did she decide?

    14 Comments / / Aug 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM
  • woman-gun

    11th Circuit, Guns / Firearms, Quote of the Day, Sex

    Quote of the Day: This Is Sound Advice

    Talk about a date gone bad…

    4 Comments / / Jul 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM
  • Nancy 'Newsworthy' Benoit

    11th Circuit, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 05.03.12

    * With the SNR Denton merger talks dead, partners waiting only to be paid before they leave, and sad, empty tables at events, LeBoeuf seems to be cooked. [DealBook / New York Times; Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * A gem from the Eleventh Circuit: if you believe it’s newsworthy, it is. Even naked pictures of dead girls. Now stop hoping a hot girl dies, sickos. [CNN]

    * If there’s one thing federal judges are good at, it’s keeping their law clerks white. They’ve made zero progress in increasing diversity. [National Law Journal]

    * Some law school grads bitch and moan about the “student loan scam,” but others just do what they went to school for, and sue about it. [ABC News]

    * The social media machine that is Mark O’Mara can’t be stopped — judge’s orders. And George Zimmerman is going to like and retweet that until the cows come home. [Boston Herald]

    * Here’s infringing on you, kid. British fashion house Burberry insists that a California company stop Bogarting its rights to Humphrey’s trademark and likeness, all for the sake of promotional materials. [Bloomberg]

    8 Comments / / May 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • 11th Circuit, 7th Circuit, Cellphones, Deaths, Immigration, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Privacy, Richard Posner, Technology, Tobacco / Smoking, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 03.01.12

    * A federal judge tossed out a law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. If paying $7 a pack doesn’t stop you from buying smokes, I don’t think nasty photos will either. [CNN]

    * SCOTUS won’t deal with Arizona’s controversial immigration law for a couple months, but the 11th Circuit will hear oral arguments about Alabama’s even stricter law today. But why would you immigrate to Alabama, of all places? Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Seventh Circuit ruled that police can search a cellphone for its number without a warrant. Judge Richard Posner compared it to law enforcement’s ability to open a pocket diary and copy the owner’s address. The bigger question is: do drug dealers keep diaries? [Wall Street Journal]

    * James Murdoch, the News Corp. heir apparent, has resigned in the wake of the News of the World scandal and related lawsuits. Now everyone can just go back to reading British tabloids for the Page Three Girls. [Los Angeles Times]

    * RIP Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, the prosecutor who secured a conviction of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, and the Army paratrooper portrayed in the book and HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Mar 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM
  • 11th Circuit, Clarence Thomas, Department of Justice, Money, Morning Docket, Paralegals, Pornography, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 01.27.12

    * The people at the Department of Justice really don’t want you to see Osama bin Laden’s death photos, but don’t they realize that the internet needs pics or it didn’t happen? [Blog of Legal Times] * Déjà vu: Hustler Magazine’s nude photo spread of Nancy Benoit was back on the Eleventh Circuit’s docket this […]

    4 Comments / / Jan 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS small

    11th Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Death Penalty, Gregory Garre, Pro Bono, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Screw-Ups, Supreme Court

    Supreme Court Rules on Sullivan & Cromwell’s Mailroom of Death

    We’ve previously written about the mailroom of death at Sullivan & Cromwell. To make a long story short (read our prior posts for the full background), a mailroom mix-up at 125 Broad Street caused an Alabama death-row inmate to miss a deadline for filing an appeal. The Eleventh Circuit rejected the condemned man’s attempt to reopen his case. Presumably feeling bad for what had happened, S&C appealed to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Maples v. Thomas. What did the high court have to say?

    64 Comments / / Jan 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

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