Non-Sequiturs

  • "I told them not to fill the balls with Helium!" (Photo by Keith Allison via Flickr)

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.14.15

    * The NFLPA is appealing the 4-game suspension Tom Brady received in the wake of the Wells Report. It’s more probable than not that he’ll lose. [CNN]

    * Lawyer tackles his own client trying to flee the courtroom. Great, now litigators have to start worrying about the long-term effect of concussions. [Legal Cheek]

    * New rankings are out and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (or WMU or whatever) is NUMBER 1! Seriously. For real. Find out why… [Georgetown Law via TaxProf Blog]

    * The Wright Brothers: The Original Patent Trolls. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Are you into spy thrillers? What about lengthy treatises on standing? Well, then you’re in luck. [Dorf on Law]

    * A Washington prosecutorial office rocked by misconduct allegations. Ho hum, prosecutors break the rules. But the source — a whistleblowing veteran prosecutor — is a new twist. [The Open File]

    * The jury is deliberating on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate in the Boston bombing trial [Law and More]

    * The final two items both focus on agricultural regulations. First, a look back at the life of Roscoe Filburn, the wheat farmer at the center of Wickard v. Filburn. Now I’ll never not see Homer Simpson when I think of that case. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Second, if you aren’t following the raisins takings case, basically the government takes a share of the annual raisin crop for its own use… without compensating the growers. Put aside the constitutionality, that’s startlingly inefficient when the government encourages farmers to shift away from a crop the government needs. Here’s a video about the farmers at the center of the case. [YouTube]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFbzLPJtYPE

    3 Comments / / May 14, 2015 at 5:18 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.13.15

    * The New Jersey legislature is considering a law decriminalizing slingshots. Finally, New Jersey’s leaders looked at a map and realized the word “Philadelphia” looks suspiciously like “Philistines.” [NJ.com]

    * The case for drone-based graffiti. People have complained of drones invading the privacy of innocents for a while now and nothing’s happened. Now that drones can deface corporate property, what do you bet regulation comes fast and furious. [The Legal Artist]

    * Over a quarter of Harvard Law grads don’t practice law. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Sentencing reform may be coming, but that’s not going to keep private prison companies from raking in the cash. [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    * Professor Campos on the role of government subsidies on the rising cost of higher education. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * As a follow-up, here are even more tips for 0Ls researching law schools. [Law and More]

    * A legal analysis of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apparently creating a genocidal death machine is not frowned upon as much in the Marvel Universe as it might be here. [Law and the Multiverse]

    12 Comments / / May 13, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • Natalee Holloway

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    Non-Sequiturs 05.12.15

    * Could there be a new lead, 10 years later, in the Natalee Holloway case? Or maybe just some overly sensationalized news coverage marking 10 years since Holloway went missing? [Inside Edition]

    * Despite Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s decision not to prosecute Willie Groomes for the March fatal shooting in the Borough Hall subway station, stating they couldn’t prove “homicide beyond a reasonable doubt.” Andy Cush makes a compelling case, with graphics and photos, that Groomes was pursuing, with his gun drawn, the unarmed victim at the time of the shooting. [Gawker]

    * Lawyers who make less money are happier. Of freaking course, just another reason why “having it all” is nothing but a cruel joke. [New York Times]

    * From T-14 law schools to… comedy? The career change for twin brothers that will feed the dream of disillusioned law students everywhere. [Village Voice]

    * This is how public interest lawyers are made: University of Wisconsin School of Law students create video for the public on the law of police-related killings. [Channel 3000]

    * Who doesn’t love some awkward lawyers shilling their wares for our consumption? Check out this round-up of attorney commercials. [Esplin Weight]

    * Natalie Portman just loves her some legal luminaries. The Hollywood Reporter has her take on Alan Dershowitz [The Hollywood Reporter]

    2 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 5:09 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.11.15

    * Lindsay Lohan is heading back to community service. This time someone decided the party girl should be helping out at a preschool. She’s apparently working down the block from me so I’ll keep my eyes out. [Jezebel]

    * Exploring the labor issues involved in ESPN’s hasty and petty considered decision to fire Bill Simmons because he is willing to speak honestly about Roger Goodell. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Whoa. Vermont State Senator arrested late last week accused of raping three women. One of the alleged victims was a 15-year-old intern at the time. And then the court released the victims’ contact information in direct violation of a judge’s order. [VT Digger]

    * Next time you’re in Yellowstone, be careful what you do with your photos: Wyoming just made it illegal to give them to a government agency lest they use the photos to figure out how badly Wyoming is poisoning the environment. Rationality! [Slate]

    * Bernardo Roman III, who had earned more than a little ire for his representation of the Miccosukee Tribe has, apparently, gotten canned. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Meanwhile, Native Americans are both underrepresented and ignored in the profession. [The National Law Journal]

    * Staci spoke with Nicole Abboud about Women in the Law. [The Gen Why Lawyer]

    * Shearman partner Richard Hsu chats with Nathan Sawaya, the attorney who left it behind to become The Lego Brick Artist. [Hsu Untied]

    2 Comments / / May 11, 2015 at 5:48 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.08.15

    * “Representing Yourself? Not Too Smart. Calling The Prosecutor a Nazi? Brilliant!” More “pro sanity.” [Legal Juice]

    * After the resounding Tory victory yesterday, let’s check in on the UK to see what it means for the legal landscape. Oh, it’s going to be the end of legal aid lawyers. That sounds about right. [Legal Cheek]

    * The latest avenue to express support for marriage equality: invite the justices to your wedding. Who knew Staci was ahead of her time. [Supreme Save The Date]

    * Speaking of Staci’s wedding invitee, here’s a new interview with Justice Ginsburg. New question: will interviewers ever get tired of asking her about the “Notorious RBG” moniker? She needs to start responding with “Asked and Answered!” [Moment]

    * Two lawyers run a suburban farm raising and slaughtering animals. So, would they be able to “get” Farmer’s Only? [Washington Post]

    * Professor Steven Lubet explains why Pamela Geller is not morally responsible for the Texas attack. It’s like Palsgraf for morality. [The New Republic]

    * The 2015 Rising Stars list. Do you know one of the 50 young lawyers on this list? [New York Law Journal]

    * What’s wrong with an alternative holding every now and again? [Concurring Opinions]

    * Immigration is magically complex — the same administration crafted two executive actions unilaterally and still managed to make them conflict, as noted by Laura Murray-Tjan. [Huffington Post]

    * Even as clients rail against it, the billable hour is still the key to Biglaw billing, according to Kent Zimmermann of the Zeughauser Group. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhHQc9bZ07A

    9 Comments / / May 8, 2015 at 5:07 PM
  • Mad-men-title-card

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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.07.15

    * For Mad Men fans: Have you wondered how the show is getting away with making real-life ad agency McCann Erickson sound like a hellhole? [The Legal Artist]

    * The hell? An aide to California AG Kamala Harris was arrested for serving as “chief deputy director” of a rogue police department. That claims to be descended from the Knights Templar. And run by the Freemasons. The conspiracy is real, my friends. [Slate]

    * Catholic priest dubbed “Monsignor Meth” sentenced to 5 years for running a drug ring. This may be an obvious point, but in the grand scheme of “crimes committed by Roman Catholic priests” this really isn’t so bad. Unless kids were paying for meth the way… well, they sometimes pay for meth. [NBC Connecticut]

    * A prickly question: should you buy your assistant a wedding gift even if you’re not invited? Assuming you still have your own assistant — looking in your direction, Proskauer. [Corporette]

    * Nobody wants to throw children to the wolves, but current child support laws are less about helping kids and more about throwing poor parents in jail when they can’t afford to pay money they don’t have. [LFC 360]

    * The Goebbels estate is seeking royalties for biographies about the Nazi propagandist, giving new meaning to the term “IP Troll.” [Inside Higher Ed]

    * Fascinating. All the cool stuff you can do now that the U.S. Code is published as structured data. If you like your statutes in cool graphs, this is for you. [Concurring Opinions]

    * RIP Richard Bartlett, who helped bring the New York courts into unity. He was 89. [New York Law Journal]

    11 Comments / / May 7, 2015 at 5:33 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.15

    * Hillary Clinton’s email practices while Secretary of State “not acceptable.” She promises not to do it while she’s in the White House. [Politico]

    * What does a test prep professional have to say about New York adopting the Uniform Bar Exam? [Kaplan Bar Prep]

    * Going to school in the Midwest? Here’s a ranking of the 42 Midwest law schools based on employment after graduation. [ChicagoInno]

    * The defendant who assaulted his lawyer — while on trial for assaulting his previous lawyer — is relieved after the court declared a mistrial. [ABA Journal]

    * Whether you dress up or dress down, remember to talk to people like people if you want to be a good lawyer. [Katz Justice]

    * Which occupation suffers from the most drug use/abuse? It’s not lawyers!!!! [Treatment4Addiction]

    * ATL regulars Jeena Cho and Keith Lee discuss the aftermath of her recent article in this publication and along with it “professionalism in law, constructive vs. destructive criticism, sexism and racism in law.” [The Anxious Lawyer / Resilient Lawyer Podcast]

    * We’ve talked about the David Messerschmitt case and the phenomenon of double lives. Fundamentally all of us maintain one on at least some level. [Law and More]

    65 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 5:02 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.05.15

    * Manny Pacquiao is headed to court after a pair of Nevada fans sued him for failing to disclose his torn rotator cuff before entering the ring. They feel this was dishonest, but Manny is a politician, so… [Bloomberg Business]

    * Trial of man who knocked out his lawyer delayed after he… attacked his new lawyer. [Post Star]

    * What are the lyrics to “Louie, Louie”? It’s a question that stumped our “top men” back in the day. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Tort reform advocates talk a big game, but the harms they try to cure are mostly non-existent. [LFC 360]

    * Could this be another Indiana lawyer behaving badly? [Indianapolis Star]

    * Lat will be chatting about his unusual career path — in case you hadn’t heard, he has a book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) — in Denver on May 13. [Federalist Society]

    * Speaking of Colorado, a prisoner there serving a life sentence wrote Above the Law the other day explaining that his pro bono lawyer had died and asking us for legal help. We don’t do that kind of work, but if you’re an interested criminal defense lawyer in Colorado, let us know.

    / May 5, 2015 at 5:31 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.04.15

    * DEA Agent thinks legalized pot will get rabbits high. Do you know how quickly they reproduce? This could lead to a terrifying Dorito’s shortage. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Facebook lands a guy in prison after he “Likes” his own Wanted poster. [Jonathan Turley]

    * The billable hour is a recipe for law firm failure. [The Legal Intelligencer]

    * Dov Charney really really wants to get back control of American Apparel. Guy can’t seem to take no for an answer. In any event, his legal maneuvers may have set the stage for the intentional death of the company. [Dealbreaker]

    * In honor of Star Wars Day, here are lessons lawyers can learn from Star Wars. Don’t go Jar Jar. [The Nutmeg Lawyer]

    * The $140 million suit brought against Proskauer Rose by the Johnson & Johnson heirs will go forward. So… more tears for Proskauer. [Reuters]

    * Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Brooklyn spin class turns into a celebration. [Wall Street Journal / Metropolis]

    10 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.15

    * If you think the federal government is preparing a military takeover of Texas… you might be a redneck. And you might also be Governor Greg Abbott. [Forbes]

    * Elie says it’s time to end the expansive powers of arrest, for the good of everyone. [New York Daily News]

    * Most of the 2016 presidential hopefuls are breaking the law. It’s good practice for if they win. [LFC 360]

    * Not to dismiss the important point made in this article about substandard housing and the dangers of lead paint, but I think there may be other lessons to learn from Freddie Gray. [Washington Post]

    * Satanic Temples are taking this RFRA thing and running with it. [Jezebel]

    * Over in the EU, Louis Vuitton failed to win back the trademark it claims on its checkerboard pattern. [Fashionista]

    * I’ve not read this yet, but here’s a collection of Legal Notices To Superheroes. Per the description, “A Letter to Superman from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services” has a lot of promise. [Amazon (affiliate link)]

    * And remember to vote for the winner of the 2015 ATL Law Revue contest. Voting concludes Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST. [Above the Law]

    13 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • Wire

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.30.15

    * David Simon, the creator of The Wire, weighs in on Baltimore. He points blame at a police force rooted in “a culture that taught them not the hard job of policing, but simply how to roam the city, jack everyone up, and call for the wagon.” F**k. [Talking Points Memo]

    * In Colorado, marriage is defined as one man and… well, that’s all you need actually. [Business Insider Law & Order]

    * No sooner did I tweet Chief Justice Roberts for his cynical inconsistencies than Brianne Gorod offers a more charitable theory about the jurist. [New Republic]

    * Hull takes a stab at explaining his problem with the parlance of email. [What About Clients?]

    * A fly on the wall at the post-Obergefell chambers conference. [Law Prof Blawg]

    * Professor Hasen examines Williams-Yulee. [Election Law Blog]

    * Another reality TV legal run-in: the restaurant from “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” settles a discrimination suit over an employee claiming she was fired for refusing to join a prayer session. I think the important question here is: there’s really a show called “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”? [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    * Did you follow that child custody hearing over letting an 11-year-old attend a P!nk (is this how we write that now?) concert? Because it was crazypants. [Bronzino Law]

    * Could the Uber class action suit spell relief for contract attorneys? [Law and More]

    * Ballard Spahr’s Chair Mark Stewart talks about the competition between law firms and the distribution of… oh, face it, you just want to hear him talk about hiring Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon as an associate. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzXBlzvxuMs

    2 Comments / / Apr 30, 2015 at 5:42 PM
  • Hillary Clinton

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.15

    * Hillary Clinton vows to end the era of mass incarceration. Just one of many things Bill Clinton left his mark on that she wishes you’d forget. [Huffington Post]

    * Protesters arrested on Monday in Baltimore weren’t even charged until today and are being held functionally without bail. Because at this point the most important industry in Baltimore is “being the setting of The Wire: The Ride.” [Gawker]

    * It’s cute when non-lawyers find out there was a person named “Learned Hand.” [io9]

    * At 10:00am tomorrow, the Constitutional Accountability Center is live-streaming a panel, “Home Stretch at the Supreme Court.” Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog is moderating and panelists include Yaakov Roth of Jones Day, Elizabeth Wydra Chief Counsel of CAC, and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block, who incidentally argued Lawrence v. Texas. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * New York Law School has a beautiful building and have been renting out space to Rochester’s Business School to make a quick buck on the side. Now they’re going to offer joint programs with the business school, maybe their grads can find jobs in other fields. [Crain’s]

    * Chief Justice Roberts doubted the marriage equality arguments, instead championing the importance of letting legislatures decide. Like, if the Senate passes a law unanimously we should respect that intent, right? Derp. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * From Amanda Devereux: 13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Lawyer. [Cosmopolitan]

    * Everything you need to know about videotaping the police. [Concurring Opinions]

    17 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.28.15

    * Trying Meredith Grey for wrongful death. Can we put her on How To Get Away With Murder and then have Hydra massacre them all in an all-purging ABC Network fire? [Lowenthal & Abrams]

    * If the Supreme Court dismisses a case as improvidently granted, it’s a DIG. If they did it in the past, was it DUG? Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick ponders the linguistics that we’d never ever have considered. And that probably bodes well for us. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Did you hear about that two-way mirror that a bar installed to watch the women’s room? Police say no privacy rights were implicated, because apparently women understand that the bathroom door was unlocked so they expected guys to walk in on them. Stellar legal analysis. [Jezebel]

    * NYC moves into the 20th Century with its summons process. No, that’s not a typo and yes, that’s still a good thing. [LFC 360]

    * It’s important to remember that the revelation that David Messerschmitt may have led a double life doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen all the time. And we’re not talking about a Matt Murdock-style double life here, which doesn’t happen much. [Law and More]

    * Nice shout out to Lexis-Nexis Blog for getting into the content production game. [Forbes]

    * In the post-Jenner announcement world, here’s what employers can do to help transgender employees. A good start would be “don’t be Saks.” [LXBN]

    * Interviewing people waiting in line for Supreme Court oral arguments and lamenting how much of their day is wasted because we can’t have a goddamned camera in the room. [Fix the Court]

    13 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • Supreme Court pretty Small

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.27.15

    * Nina Totenberg reviews past opinions to divine how the Court might rule on marriage equality. Or she could have pointed to Windsor and said, “That way.” [NPR]

    * The media attention focused on the two and a half hours of oral arguments over marriage equality coming this week have inspired some to ask just what goes into preparing an oral argument anyway? [Cincinnati Enquirer]

    * Loretta Lynch sworn in as Attorney General. So now the House finally knows which address to send frivolous subpoenas to. [USA Today]

    * What skills do you need to get hired as a lawyer? It’s a sign of the economy that “dad be managing partner” isn’t the top line. [Associate’s Mind]

    * The Fifth Circuit rules that the family of a teenager killed when a Border Patrol agent shot from the U.S. into Mexico cannot sue in U.S. courts. “The border agent’s lawyer said the opinion vindicated his client.” I mean… you killed someone in cold blood and got off on a ludicrous technicality, but yeah, “vindicated.” [Yahoo]

    * Richard Hsu chats with Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and Chairman and Founder of Idealab[Hsu Untied]

    18 Comments / / Apr 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.24.15

    *Yeah, this happened in real life, not in a Philip K. Dick short story. [Time]

    *Oh burn! Cornel West responds (indirectly) to biting New Republic article. [The Root]

    *Justice for sale in Texas? Sounds about right. [KCBD]

    *Allegations of overbilling in Deepwater Horizon litigation. And — this may be a shock to some of our readers — turns out many of the firms involved made generous political contributions to the LA AG. [Louisiana Record]

    *Eliminating salary negotiations to combat the wage gap? Who knew Biglaw’s lockstep approach to money would turn out to be progressive? [NPR]

    *Columbia University’s rape problems deepen with new lawsuit about Emma Sulkowicz and her mattress “Carry that Weight” performance art. [Jezebel]

    *Update in the Alan Dershowitz sex case. Now with 100% more David Boies. [American Lawyer]

    *Attention New York: Prepare to swipe right. AG Eric Schneiderman is once again a bachelor. [Law and More]

    *Idaho refuses to come in line with multinational treaty obligations. . . yay federalism? [Dorf on Law]

    17 Comments / / Apr 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Daredevil

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.23.15

    * Apparently Daredevil has nailed the dramatic representation of young attorneys. [The Legal Artist]

    * Professor Campos thrashes those who deny the law school scam. Um… these analogies may be a tad over the top. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Judge Kozinski movie night!!! [Los Angeles Times]

    * Discovery is awesome. Let’s read some highlights from the Deutsche Bank LIBOR transcripts! [Bloomberg Business]

    * “5 bad things about being a City lawyer that nobody tells you about.” [Legal Cheek]

    * Marriage equality will likely come down to one simple edit. [Slate]

    * The latest episode of Thinking Like A Lawyer talks video games and the law. Remember to subscribe here. [Legal Talk Network]

    13 Comments / / Apr 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Mess on desk

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.22.15

    * Oh no you didn’t. Benchslap comes down on firm who tried to squeeze words together and tighten spaces to stay within page limits. [How Appealing]

    * “Five Charts That Show You Should Apply to Law School This Year.” Slightly less educational than the 30 Cats That Are More Badass Than You. [Bloomberg Business]

    * In fact, law schools are really almost indistinguishable from the show Community. Funny but not quite as funny as 4 years ago? Well, maybe that too. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * I’ll just leave this as a prompt for your own short fiction: “Lexington woman being strangled with bra fights off attacker with ceramic chicken”… [WKYT]

    * Following on Alex Rich’s post about the “blame game” in eDiscovery, the problem goes well beyond that industry — even if it’s the most recent manifestation. [Law and More]

    * Do you know your Earth Day history? Like which lawyer turned Senator founded the occasion? [What About Clients?]

    14 Comments / / Apr 22, 2015 at 5:26 PM
  • Loretta Lynch

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.21.15

    * Loretta Lynch might actually get confirmed, you guys! Senate Republicans have agreed to a bipartisan deal on human trafficking legislation which should end the Lynch logjam. America in 2015, “human trafficking bad” now requires months of negotiation. [CNN]

    * Our old friend Professor Michael Simkovic is back and defending the decision to go to law school based on part-time job numbers because, hey, that’s how the Bureau of Labor measures unemployment so it must be the same for judging employment for struggling J.D.s. Professor Bernie Burk gives a thorough, thoughtful, and respectful retort. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Meanwhile, failing to learn the lesson of America, students seeking law degrees skyrocket in the UK. Thomas Cooley considers Norfolk campus. [Legal Cheek]

    * The property law of Downton Abbey. It teaches the most important lesson of property — historically it’s really, really good to be a wealthy white guy. [Vanderbilt Law Review]

    * Digging into a less heralded subsidiary argument in the marriage equality cases: the “proceed with caution” rhetoric intended to push the issue to the backburner. [NYU Law Review]

    * On that note, same-sex marriage kills babies!!! Well, no, not really. But that is the argument one former Scalia clerk is making for some reason. [Dorf on Law]

    * Looks like Europe is going to hit Putin where it hurts… an antitrust courtroom. That’ll learn him! [New York Times]

    18 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM