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  • DaNae Couch

    Andrew Cuomo, B for Beauty, Biglaw, Department of Justice, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New York Times, Patents, State Judges, Wall Street Journal

    Morning Docket: 01.04.13

    * The Department of Justice has reached yet another settlement in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case, this time with Transocean Ltd. for $1.4 billion in civil and criminal penalties and fines. [National Law Journal]

    * “[W]ith success comes regulatory scrutiny.” Google convinced the FTC to close its ongoing antitrust probe by promising to change its allegedly shady patent usage and purportedly skewed search terms. [Bloomberg]

    * According to Littler Mendelson, federal contractors might want to consider sending out sequestration-related layoff notices to employees in order to comply with the WARN Act. America, f**k yeah! [Government Executive]

    * Governor Andrew Cuomo will have a major impact on the New York Court of Appeals when appointing new judges. It could be a partisan decision, but his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, insists his son will leave politics at home. [Capital New York]

    * When you write in defense of the value proposition of law school, you wind up in the op-ed pages of the NYT. When you tell the truth about it, you wind up in the opinion pages of the WSJ. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Remember Danae Couch, the Texas Tech law student who was crowned as Miss Texas? She’ll compete for the Miss America title next weekend. If you’d like to help her become a finalist, you can vote for her here! [KFYO]

    0 Comments / / Jan 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • I'll miss you the most, cupcake.

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Deaths, Federal Judges, Food, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Privacy, Venable

    Morning Docket: 11.19.12

    * Billable hours in Biglaw are down 1.5 percent, and 15 percent of U.S. firms are planning to reduce their partnership ranks in early 2013. Thanks to Wells Fargo for bringing us the news of all this holiday cheer! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Hostess may be winding down its business and liquidating its assets, but Biglaw will always be there to clean up the crumbs. Jones Day, Venable, and Stinson Morrison Hecker obviously think money tastes better than Twinkies. [Am Law Daily]

    * How’s that “don’t be evil” thing working out for you? Google’s $22.5M proposed privacy settlement with the FTC over tracking cookies planted on Safari browsers was accepted by a federal judge. [Bloomberg]

    * Greenberg Traurig and Hunton & Williams face a $7.2B suit from Allen Stanford’s receiver over a former attorney of both firms’ alleged involvement in the ex-knight’s Ponzi scheme. [Houston Business Journal]

    * Perhaps the third time will be the charm: ex-Mayer Brown partner Joseph Collins was convicted, again, for helping Refco steal more than $2B from investors by concealing the company’s fraud. [New York Law Journal]

    * H. Warren Knight, founder of alternative dispute resolution company JAMS, RIP. [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Nov 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM
  • Facebook-hacker-e1312474598928-150x147

    Advertising, Cyberlaw, Facebook, Free Speech, FTC, Kids, Privacy

    Facebook Protests Proposed Child Privacy Rule Revisions on Scuzzy Free Speech Grounds

    Why does Facebook all of a sudden care so deeply about the free speech rights of children?

    10 Comments / / Oct 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM
  • Have you seen this law student? Seriously.

    Advertising, Allen & Overy, FTC, Intellectual Property, Jury Duty, Kids, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.23.12

    * Austin Tice, a Georgetown Law student, freelance journalist, and former Marine Corps officer, is missing in Syria. We hope he’s okay. [McClatchy]

    * The nightlife lawyer is already back in the news. He’s repping a new high-profile plaintiff: an NYC cop whose foot got run over by some d-bag in a Ferrari. Make it rain! [Jalopnik]

    * Former Allen & Overy partner Edward M. De Sear got arrested AGAIN on child pornography charges. We’ll definitely have more on this tomorrow. [The Record]

    * I understand wanting to eliminate viral ads targeted at kids, but who would I be without all those old Crossfire, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and “Hey, it could happen!” McDonald’s television ads? [Threat Level / Wired]

    * Jurors in Apple v. Samsung have been deliberating for two days now. I scream, you scream, we all scream — for a verdict. [CNET]

    * California’s state legislature passed an act that would force law enforcement to get a warrant before gathering GPS or other location-tracking data from cell phones. All you drug dealers, it’s time to re-up on a new burner. [Ars Technica]

    * I don’t think Esquire means what you think it means. Seriously. You can’t give yourself the title when your law license is suspended. No one cares if you read the magazine or own land. [WSJ Law Blog]

    14 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM
  • instagram

    Antitrust, Biglaw, Canada, Crime, Facebook, Federal Judges, FTC, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Perverts, Romance and Dating, Ursula Ungaro, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.23.12

    * Little known fact of the day: the late comedienne Phyllis Diller apparently had a storybook romance with Paul Hastings name partner, Robert Hastings. She once said that her longtime Biglaw beau was the “love of [her] life.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The Federal Trade Commission has closed its antitrust review of Facebook’s proposed Instagram purchase, clearing the way for the social networking site’s users to post grainy pictures to their hearts’ content. [Bloomberg]

    * A former Vancouver lawyer serving a 15-year sentence for money laundering claims that one of the Mounties who investigated his case played a game of “hide the Canadian bacon” with Judge Ursula Ungaro. [Province]

    * A judge who resigned in April has been retroactively removed from office for admitting to having sexual contact with his five-year-old niece. He presided over family court matters. Figures. [New York Law Journal]

    * Which accomplishments and activities should you leave off your résumé? A) law review editor in chief; B) second in the class; C) 4.05 GPA; D) nonprofit executive director; E) child porn aficionado. [Willamette Week]

    * Stabbing your lawyer is so last season. Another criminal defendant reportedly attacked his defense attorney in court, but this time chose to whack his own counsel in the head with his handcuffed hand. [Boston Globe]

    8 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • comp

    Cyberlaw, Facebook, FTC, Kids, Privacy, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Quote of the Day: Yes, We Should Probably Go Ahead and Do That

    A proposed FTC rule update would fix a loophole in a rule designed to protect children’s online privacy.

    2 Comments / / Aug 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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    FTC, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, White & Case

    MySpace Settles With FTC Over Alleged Privacy Violations

    Yesterday, MySpace settled with the FTC over allegations of deceptive privacy practices. Are we surprised?

    5 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM
  • Antitrust, Basketball, Canada, FTC, Gloria Allred, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals, Technology, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 12.14.11

    * Apparently Gloria Allred will only take male clients if they’re controversial enough to keep her in the limelight. She’s representing the alleged sex abuse victims in a suit against Syracuse and basketball coach Jim Boeheim. [CNN] * Law School Transparency breaks it down for the guy who believes that the “apocalyptic” views of the […]

    19 Comments / / Dec 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM
  • Defamation, Facebook, FTC, Gay, Gay Marriage, Kids, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Politics, Privacy, Solo Practitioners

    Morning Docket: 11.30.11

    * Facebook settled with the FTC over its privacy violations. Mark Zuckerberg will be adding a “dislike” button to the site so he has an appropriate way to deal with this. [National Law Journal] * The lawsuit seeking to overturn gay marriage in New York will proceed. Eric Schneiderman just got disinvited from more holiday […]

    12 Comments / / Nov 30, 2011 at 8:48 AM
  • Drinking, FDA, FTC

    Four Loko Settles With FTC — Will Improve ‘Warning’ That Product Will Get You Drunk

    Welcome back to Above the Four Loko. In today’s episode, we find that the drink that used to combine alcohol and caffeine in really obvious ways has settled a false advertising suit with the Federal Trade Commission. As we’ve discussed often with Four Loko, the alcoholic kick IS the appeal of the product. This drink […]

    49 Comments / / Oct 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM
  • Baseball, Bernie Madoff, Disability Law, Fat People, FTC, Immigration, Movies, Shoes, Texas

    Morning Docket: 09.29.11

    * Sorry Missouri, but your reign as the “Show Me” state is over. Thanks to its immigration law, Alabama is going to be taking over as the “Show Me Your Papers” state. [CNN] * Time to review the footage. Irving Picard stands to lose the game for the Investors if he can’t get an instant […]

    16 Comments / / Sep 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM
  • Biglaw, Celebrities, Drugs, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Howrey LLP, Marijuana, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.31.11

    * What kind of a tour bus does Willie Nelson have? A cannabus. The singer won’t have to make a pit stop to sing in court on his maryjane charges. [New York Daily News] * How is there a human trafficking problem in Michigan? Are they all Canadians? No one cares if Canadians aren’t getting […]

    26 Comments / / Mar 31, 2011 at 9:02 AM
  • Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, FTC

    Law Is Always in Fashion

    Every once in a while, we talk about fashion here at ATL, such as our recent post on the Chicago Bar Association’s (confusing) advice for how legal types should dress. But the real experts on fashion here in the Breaking Media offices are the ladies at our sister site Fashionista. They’ve recently weighed in on […]

    17 Comments / / Apr 28, 2010 at 4:42 PM
  • Antitrust, Department of Justice, Document Review, Federal Government, FTC, Screw-Ups

    Help Wanted: Can You Do A Competent Document Production?

    If so, then Uncle Sam wants you. The feds need your valuable skills — badly. First the Department of Justice produces original documents, instead of copy sets, to Congress. And now, the AP reports on a screw-up by the FTC: Lawyers for the FTC electronically filed documents as part of [its] court case [challenging the […]

    15 Comments / / Aug 15, 2007 at 1:00 PM
  • Animal Law, FTC, Non-Sequiturs, Pets, Sexual Harassment, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.07

    * Wow, talk about passive-aggressive behavior. (The husband, not the wife.) [Island Packet] * The FTC may be good at many things, but creative punny language is not one of them. [Truth on the Market] * Sexual harassment: once a dog, always a dog. [Reuters / Oddly Enough] * I blame the same wiring responsible […]

    7 Comments / / Jun 11, 2007 at 5:30 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Bad Ideas, Football, FTC, Lawyer of the Day, Rank Stupidity, Seth Zimmerman

    Lawyer of the Day: Seth Zimmerman

    We’ve all done it: Use of office resources for personal purposes. Maybe you take the occasional personal call on your office telephone. Maybe you used the work fax machine to receive a one-page tax document from your accountant. Maybe you took some paperwork home with you one night, along with an office-issued ballpoint pen, and […]

    1 Comment / / Nov 9, 2006 at 3:02 PM
  • Arent Fox, Biglaw, Crowell & Moring, Dorsey & Whitney, FTC, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: 09.13.06

    The latest news on the most notable moves within the profession: Government to Private Sector: * Seth Silber, to Wilson Sonsini (as counsel), from the FTC. (Quips our tipster: “What a lovely week to join that particular firm!”) New Office Openings: * Crowell & Moring — aka “Cruel & Boring”*** — is opening a New […]

    18 Comments / / Sep 13, 2006 at 3:35 PM
  • FTC, Kronish Lieb, LeBoeuf Lamb, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: 09.07.06

    A few moves to report today: Lateral Moves: * Antitrust attorney Jeffrey Brennan, to Dechert (DC), from the FTC (where he was Associate Director of the Bureau of Competition and Assistant Director of the Bureau’s Health Care Services and Products Division). * Capital markets lawyer Rachel Coan, to Morrison & Foerster (NY), from LeBoeuf, Lamb, […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 2:43 PM