Billy Merck

Posts by Billy Merck

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.07

    * Another ATL shoutout! [ABA Journal] * Jail for Ritchie too, but only the minimum. [CNN] * Sue ’em if they can’t take a joke. [AP via Yahoo!] * Stop calling me nip! [New York Times] * Who WON’T the ACLU represent? [Las Vegas Review Journal]

    20 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 5:00 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Pacific Northwest

    We haven’t forgot about you, West Coast. We continue our open thread series on fall recruiting with a look at the legal market in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Here are the previous threads, which we still encourage you to revisit: 1. CHICAGO 2. BOSTON 3. SAN FRANCISCO / SILICON VALLEY 4. NEW YORK 5. LOS ANGELES […]

    57 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 3:00 PM
  • Celebrities, Crime, Jonathan Lee Riches, Lawsuit of the Day, Michael Vick, Pro Se Litigants, Sports

    Lawsuit of the Day: Vick’s A Defendant In A Federal Civil Suit, Too

    Albeit a ridiculous pro se one filed by a prisoner in South Carolina. There’s nothing like the free time that prison provides and obviously severe mental problems a vivid imagination as a recipe for hilarious, hand-written, pro se complaints. Exhibit A: Where to begin? Well, first of all, as far as we know Vick is […]

    93 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 2:16 PM
  • Contests

    Are You Smarter Than a Michigan Law Grad?

    Los Angeles attorney Victor King, who is University Counsel for California State University, Los Angeles, is a graduate of MIchigan Law School and until 2002 was a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. But until recently, none of this had conclusively established that he was, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader. Now we […]

    26 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 1:10 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Atlanta

    The open thread series in celebration of fall recruiting season continues. Here are the previous threads, which we encourage you to revisit: 1. CHICAGO 2. BOSTON 3. SAN FRANCISCO / SILICON VALLEY 4. NEW YORK 5. LOS ANGELES This post is about ATLANTA. Please discuss what’s going on in the legal market in the Dirrrty […]

    221 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 11:02 AM
  • Celebrities, Crime, Michael Vick, Sports

    We’ve Got a Dog In This Fight: A Few Thoughts On Vick

    As you will have noticed, this is Billy Merck, filling in once more for Lat so that he can attend the ACS National Convention. As you will have also noted if you’re a regular reader, we are from Georgia. As a native Georgian and an Atlanta Falcon fan, we therefore feel obligated to touch upon […]

    46 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 10:16 AM
  • Bad Ideas

    What Happened to Professional Courtesy?

    Yeah, yeah; you know the old joke: Why won’t sharks attack lawyers? Professional courtesy. *Rimshot* Well, Harvey Miller, a Toledo, Ohio attorney, and a Hawaiian shark did their best to dispel that notion. Miller, a 36-year-old attorney, was snorkeling off of Bellows Field Beach Park Thursday afternoon when a shark chomped on his leg. “I […]

    25 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 9:32 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 07.27.07

    * Drunks….in spaaaaace! [CNN] * GCs promoted, including the one for my namesake. [WSJ Law Blog] * Coke loses its Pepsi challenge. [Fulton County Daily Report] * Who wants to be a millionaire? About 40 years in jail for a murder you didn’t commit is one way. [CNN] * He’s so very sorry for any […]

    9 Comments / / Jul 27, 2007 at 8:45 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 07.26.07

    * Dear Mama. [BBC] * Judiciary Committee votes for contempt for Bolten and Miers. [New York Times] * Georgia’s upset replacement Congressman is sworn in; now he can immediately begin to work on next year’s race. [AP via Online Athens] * No you’re not, Lindsay, you’re guilty…of stealing my heart! [CNN] * American law firms […]

    4 Comments / / Jul 26, 2007 at 9:55 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.25.07

    * D.C. Circuit wants truckers to get some rest. [New York Times] * Malpractice defendants 2, Weis 0. [Fulton County Daily Report] * This is one of those cases where the best punchline is so obvious that the headline already used it, so I’ll just quote it: “Levi’s sues the pants off of Polo.” [CNN] […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 25, 2007 at 9:15 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 07.24.07

    * Vick hires Billy Martin (I’ll forego all the jokes about whether he’s gonna fire him and rehire him twice). [AOL Sports NFL Fanhouse] * And the NFL tells him to stay away from training camp. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * And apparently he’s taking a “leave of absence”. [WAGA FOX 5 (Atlanta FOX affiliate)] * The […]

    20 Comments / / Jul 24, 2007 at 9:50 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.23.07

    * Sex abuse case is lost in translation. [Washington Post via How Appealing] * A victory for judicial independence in Pakistan? [Jurist] * God I’m sick of Harry Potter. [WSJ Law Blog] * Speaking of South Asia, India has elected its first woman president, and she’s a lawyer. [AFP via Yahoo!] * The NYT on […]

    2 Comments / / Jul 23, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.12.07

    * It wasn’t a ridiculous damages claim, he’s just really bad at math. [Stephen Dunne’s amended complaint via Keeping Up With Jonas] * We heard there was a story going around about NJ Gov. Corzine, so we emailed him for comment. Not sure why we haven’t heard back from him… [WSJ Law Blog] * Here’s […]

    15 Comments / / Jul 12, 2007 at 5:00 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Correspondence, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Weddings

    Couple of Clarifications

    We have heard from the subjects of a couple of today’s posts, and would like to post a couple of clarifications based on what they told us. First, a source from Davis Polk wants to make it very clear that the marriage bonuses are not “bonuses” per se, but are instead gifts from the partnership, […]

    16 Comments / / Jul 12, 2007 at 4:32 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Biglaw Pay Raise Watch: Paul Hastings to 180 In London

    We previously had an open thread on London salaries, when Weil and Cleary went to 180 and Latham went to 190. Now reports that Paul Hastings has raised to £90k, or roughly $180k, in its London offices. So we’ll ask again: does this make London more attractive than New York? Will the London raises […]

    62 Comments / / Jul 12, 2007 at 3:45 PM
  • Sexual Harassment

    McDade Has Been In Trouble Before

    We have been pointed to an opinion from the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in a sexual harassment case filed against the subject our earlier post, Douglas County District Attorney David McDade, back in 1999. (See Lewis et. al. v. McDade, 54 F.Supp.2d 1332 (1999)). The descriptions of the allegedly harassing behavior […]

    33 Comments / / Jul 12, 2007 at 3:14 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Malpractice

    Court-Appointed Examiner Blows The Whistle on Mayer Brown In Refco Case

    This can’t help the whole equity partner situation at Mayer Brown. A court-appointed examiner in the Refco bankruptcy case has there are grounds to sue Mayer Brown for malpractice in the case. Ernst & Young and Weil might be on the hook too, but these are “close calls” according to the examiner (with the obvious […]

    15 Comments / / Jul 12, 2007 at 2:14 PM
  • Department of Justice, Harriet Miers, House Judiciary Committee, Politics, White House Counsel

    Harriet Miers Stands Up Her Date With Destiny

    Earlier we covered Harriet Miers impending date with destiny in the form of the House Judiciary Committee. Well, it looks like Miers needed some more time to polish up on her French. From the report from AP via the Reno Gazette-Journal on the hearing that went down sans Miers: A House panel cleared the way […]

    12 Comments / / Jul 12, 2007 at 1:31 PM