Contracts

  • Vertical Dance – Cradle

    Contracts, Donald Trump, John Roberts, Non-Sequiturs, Nude Dancing, SCOTUS, Sex, Supreme Court, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.09.13

    * They should teach “defending strippers” in law school. I feel like people could have a thriving practice just representing strippers against the various perils in their lives. [The Smoking Gun]

    * And of course, that class should be taught by Marc Randazza. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Bill Maher v. Donald Trump. Offer v. Consideration. Comedian v. D-bag. This will make for a fun issue spotter for any spring term contracts classes. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Can you prove that a getting a legal aid lawyer actually helps? Are you sure? [Boston Globe]

    * Birthers are now coming after Chief Justice Roberts. You know what they’re not coming after? Book learning! (zing) [Huffington Post]

    * Here’s a formal job application, I think, to be the new Clerk of the Supreme Court. [Prawfsblawg]

    * In the state of nature, this is how pizza places were kept down to the level of the rest of us. [Legal Juice]

    2 Comments / / Jan 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • sheena monnin

    B for Beauty, Contracts, Defamation, Donald Trump

    Donald Trump Teaches a Disgruntled Beauty Queen an ‘Expensive Lesson’ in Arbitration

    This beauty queen is no Miss Congeniality, and now she owes Donald Trump $5 million…

    18 Comments / / Dec 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM
  • House-Rules-small-In-House-Counsel RF

    Contracts, In-House Counsel, Practice Pointers

    House Rules: Reinventing the Wheel

    Just because boilerplate language has been around since the dawn of time, it doesn’t mean it’s still viable or relevant to today’s business to business transactions.

    4 Comments / / Dec 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM
  • Kaga, L., dissenting

    Benchslaps, Contests, Contracts, Elena Kagan, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.11.12

    * Kagan, J., benchslapping. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * I think I’d get this if I understood gymnastics. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Some people think IBR is pointless, but if you disagree, check out this petition. [We the People: Your Voice in Government]

    * Partner readers, check out this new podcast (featuring law firm consultant Ed Wesemann and yours truly). [Attorney Search Group]

    * Our annual Law Revue Video Contest is still a few months away, but if you like making legally themed videos, keep an eye on this contest (more details forthcoming, including info on the prizes). [Federal Bar Association]

    * Speaking of contests, we welcome your votes in the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 (under “News/Analysis”). [ABA Journal]

    * And speaking of Above the Law, the deadline for applying for our writer/editor position and our internship is tomorrow — so act now if interested! [Above the Law]

    0 Comments / / Dec 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM
  • Shakira

    Attorney Misconduct, Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Contracts, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Patents, Pornography, Real Estate, Shakira, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Technology

    Morning Docket: 12.03.12

    * When it comes to the art of law firm valuation, you may be surprised when you find out which Biglaw firm is worth the most. Here are a few hints: it’s not Baker & McKenzie, and it’s not DLA Piper or Skadden, either. [American Lawyer]

    * Remember back in July when this Judge of the Day was busying clicking on hardcore porn sites while in chambers? As it turns out, now he’s busy crying in court while battling to keep his judicial career intact. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Evening students are capable of doing more than ruining your class rank. Jacob Lew, once a night student at Georgetown Law, is now the White House chief of staff assisting with fiscal cliff negotiations. [New York Times]

    * For now, the only thing that’s keeping Florida from gaining another law school is a lack of square footage in the real estate rodeo. But that’s probably a good thing, because adding a twelfth law school would be more than a little ridiculous. [Daytona Beach News-Journal]

    * Samsung’s trying to get out of paying $1.05B to Apple, and their lawyers are trying to pin knowledge of the jury foreman’s misrepresentations on their technological nemesis to get the verdict thrown out. [Bloomberg]

    * Shakira’s hips don’t lie, but her contracts allegedly do. The sexy singer’s ex-business partner (who’s also her ex-boyfriend) is suing her for $100M to “recover his share of past and future partnership profits.” [Billboard]

    1 Comment / / Dec 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • elmo

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Contracts, Courthouses, Divorce Train Wrecks, Dorsey & Whitney, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Hotties, In-House Counsel, Kids, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, Patents, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    Morning Docket: 11.21.12

    * “[L]awyers aren’t trained as accountants,” but Gibson Dunn, Freshfields, Drinker Biddle, and Skadden may have some splainin’ to do when it comes to Hewlett-Packard’s M&A blowout with Autonomy. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Looks like it’s time for some holiday musical chairs: Dorsey & Whitney’s managing partner Marianne Short will be leaving the firm at year’s end to join UnitedHealth as its chief legal officer. [Twin Cities Business]

    * The court-ordered mediation between Hostess and the bakers’ union broke down last night. If Judge Drain approves the company’s liquidation plan, the Twinkie may disappear from whence it came. [Reuters]

    * Remember the students from Texas Southern who sued because their contracts prof allegedly “curve[d] them out of the class”? Yeah, that got dismissed faster than you can say R2K §90. [National Law Journal]

    * You shall not pass — or use Lord of the Rings characters in online gambling games! J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate is suing Warner Brothers for $80M over improper licensing of the late author’s characters. [Bloomberg]

    * Please don’t tickle me, Elmo. One week after an accuser recanted his allegations against puppeteer Kevin Clash, another one filed suit over an underage sexual relationship. [Media Decoder / New York Times]

    * There’s nothing like some man-on-man sexual harassment to get you going in the morning. Sparks Steak House paid $600K to settle charges lodged by 22 male servers over an eight year period. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Seems like this pulchritudinous plaintiff’s contract case is still kicking, and Emel Dilek testified that sleeping with the boss was “absolutely not” one of her roles during her time at Mercedes-Benz. [New York Post]

    * Lululemon and Calvin Klein have settled their patent spat over elastic waistbands on yoga pants. Here’s hoping the Canadian yoga-wear company turned this lemon of a lawsuit into lemonade. [Businessweek]

    * What do divorcées do in their spare time? They go to Florida’s $350M courthouse to spray paint it with broken hearts and notes for the judge who presided over their proceedings. [Riptide 2.0 / Miami New Times]

    4 Comments / / Nov 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • unfare-to-stoopid-criminals-150x226

    Books, Contracts, Crime, Non-Sequiturs, Rank Stupidity, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.23.12

    * So you want to be the next top legal scholar? Step 1: find some better friends. [lawprofblawg]

    * Clean your room! Otherwise you might not get into Harvard Law School. Seriously. [Greedy Associates / FindLaw]

    * What’s the absolute worst-case bank-robbery scenario, from the robber’s perspective? The teller who says, “Oh hello, Ms Robinson. Would you like to make a deposit today?” [Consumerist]

    * Apple unveiled a new mini-iSomethingOrOther today. I wonder who they’re gonna sue next? [Bits / New York Times]

    * Back in the day, David beat Goliath with a slingshot. In modern times, underdogs use Twitter. [IT-Lex]

    * I hated Moby Dick, but historical legal and literary documents are always cool. [Lowering the Bar]

    * If you’re planning on attending a law school — or heck, law firm — Halloween party, here are some costume dos and don’ts. [Legal Blog Watch]

    2 Comments / / Oct 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM
  • Offensive pass interference, Seahawks!

    Contracts, Football, Labor / Employment, Quote of the Day, Sports

    Quote of the Day: Are You Ready for Some Football — Without So Many Ridiculous Calls?

    The NFL was able to reach an agreement with the NFL Referees Association to end the lockout. Hooray!

    8 Comments / / Sep 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM
  • Scalia v. Posner meets Mean Girls

    Antonin Scalia, Blogging, Contracts, Food, Free Speech, Google / Search Engines, Law Professors, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Richard Posner, Sports, Student Loans

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.24.12

    * Someone was finally able to liken the Scalia v. Posner debate to a suitable situation: bitchy mean girls fighting each other in a middle school cafeteria. Seriously, only the inclusion of “like” throughout the entirety of the dialogue could’ve made it better. [lawprofblawg]

    * Who pays your law professors’ salary? The obvious answer is law students, since professorial wallets are padded by tuition dollars. But what happens when IBR comes into play and loan debts are forgiven? Then the answer shifts to the taxpayers. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * When Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers died, everyone was expecting that a lawsuit would be filed, but no one really thought that it would be one based on contract law. [New York Law and Legal Analysis Blog]

    * What kind of case “really turn[s] on” everyone’s favorite First Amendment lawyer? Free speech cases that are riddled with challenges, of course, and questions about what does and doesn’t constitute porn. [Vegas Inc]

    * You must be wondering where Above the Law fell on this ranking of the 15 Most Influential Law Blogs. We won’t give it away, but let’s just say that we now share something in common with Cooley. [Business Insider]

    * “[S]ome dude with the munchies is getting a little legal education.” That’s what we thought when one of our top searches last week was “pictures of tacos” — and not even “duck tacos,” but regular ones. [Search Party]

    3 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM
  • VS RF

    Contracts, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun

    Victoria’s Secret Sued for $15 Million Over Thigh-High Knockoffs

    Did Victoria’s Secret start selling knockoffs to unsuspecting consumers?

    12 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
  • lady gaga bratz

    Abortion, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Gay Marriage, Immigration, Law Professors, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.25.12

    * Start spreading the fabulosity: Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked the Supreme Court to grant certiorari on a pair of cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [BuzzFeed]

    * Lawrence Lessig wants groups of 300 randomly selected people to craft a constitutional amendment in response to Citizens United. He clearly expects a bit too much of our population. [National Law Journal]

    * In South Dakota, your abortion now comes with warnings about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide. Forget that medical certainty hooey, it’s not constitutionally misleading. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “We do not arrest people because of the color of their skin.” Oh, of course not, Sheriff Arpaio. We totally believe you. But you might stop them, question them, and detain them because of it, right? [New York Times]

    * We’ve just got too much Dickinson up in here. And in other Penn State news, the school is now considering a move that may cause at least one of its two law school campuses to lose its accreditation. [Patriot-News]

    * Lady Gaga was sued by MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, over her alleged failure to approve a line of dolls made in her image. This is not a company you want to start a bad romance with. [Bloomberg]

    * And I am telling you, I’m not going — to grant you parole. William Balfour, the man convicted of murdering Jennifer Hudson’s relatives, was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole. [CNN]

    13 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Nadya Suleman Octomom small

    Contracts, Defamation, Lawsuit of the Day, Nude Dancing, Ridiculousness

    Lawsuit of the Day: Strip Club Seeks Emergency Injunction Over Octomom’s Refusal to Bump ‘N Grind

    A Florida strip club is seeking an injunction against Octomom to prevent her from bumping and grinding on an alternative pole…

    26 Comments / / Jul 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM
  • Moonlighting-logo-260x195

    Contracts, In-House Counsel

    Moonlighting: ‘Til Death (or Upon the Occurrence of Certain Termination Events) Do Us Part

    Business relationships are kind of like marriages. And unfortunately, like some marriages, one or more parties figure out that the benefits of the relationship don’t outweigh the negatives, and decide to part ways. How can you handle it efficiently?

    5 Comments / / Apr 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM
  • Pittsburgh Steelers v Detroit Lions

    Celebrities, Contracts, Football, Sports, Technology, Twittering

    When Celebrity Tweeting Goes Wrong and the Resulting Lawsuit Goes (Sort of) Right

    This star running back lost a major endorsement because of his controversial tweets. Now he’s fighting back in court…

    7 Comments / / Apr 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM
  • House-Rules-In-House-Counsel-260x1262

    Contracts, In-House Counsel

    House Rules: Fieldwork

    David Mowry discusses taming the three-headed dragon of supply-side legal work…

    4 Comments / / Apr 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM
  • House-Rules-In-House-Counsel-260x1262

    Contracts, In-House Counsel, Technology

    House Rules: Data Security

    David Mowry analyzes a contentious issue in business-to-business terms and conditions negotiations: data security.

    5 Comments / / Apr 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM
  • House-Rules-In-House-Counsel-260x126

    Contracts, In-House Counsel, Rudeness

    House Rules: Leverage Abuse

    David Mowry thinks that bluster can begin as soon as the adversary reads your bio and decides that you are not quite a peer. This inappropriate elitism only worsens when one side gains the upper hand….

    5 Comments / / Mar 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM
  • Moonlighting-logo-260x1951

    Contracts, In-House Counsel

    Moonlighting: What’s the Big Deal? (Part II)

    In the last installment of Moonlighting, we examined the importance of understanding the big picture at work. This week, we’ll consider one method of finding out more about the big picture: asking questions. Not the dumb ones. The good ones. So what are some good questions that can help us to see the bigger picture? […]

    6 Comments / / Feb 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

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