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Ed. note: This post was compiled by one of our seven Morning Docket finalists. The finalists will be handling MD all week. As always, we welcome your thoughts in the comments.

* At Walmart you can save money and live better, except if you’re a woman. [New York Times]

* Zenovia Evans is fighting for law school transparency, one lie at a time. [Huffington Post]

* Surprisingly, bigger isn’t always better at Hooters. [WSJ Law Blog]

* California jury trials are slower than rush hour on the 405, but a new law might change that. [National Law Journal]

* It’s likely that Lindsay Lohan’s probation-mandated 12 steps will lead her back to her drug dealer. [Associated Press]

* Tiger’s divorce may have affected his golf, but you know his game is still in full swing. [New York Times

* I'm on a board, I'm on a board, SEC look at me 'cause I got proxy access to a board. [Wall Street Journal]

Ken Mehlman: Yup, he's gay.

Back in June, we wrote about the fabulous Chelsea apartment snapped up by prominent Republican lawyer Ken Mehlman. Although his résumé is strewn with achievements — he’s a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School (just like President Obama), a former partner at Akin Gump, and a current executive vice-president at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (ka-ching!) — Mehlman is most well-known as former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Because Mehlman settled in Chelsea — and took up residence in the Chelsea Mercantile building, home to such A-list gays as Marc Jacobs and Lance Bass — we couldn’t resist a little innuendo. Despite his status as a leading official of the Republican Party, which hasn’t always been down with the gays, Mehlman has long been dogged by rumors that he is a homosexual.

Now we don’t have to worry about Mehlman suing us for defamation — and litigating the interesting issue of whether calling someone a big old nelly queen constitutes defamation per se in New York. Mehlman just publicly admitted that he’s gay, in an interview with Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic. (The publication of the interview may have been accelerated, thanks to a nudge from Mike Rogers of BlogActive.)

Let’s take a closer look at the pink elephant in the room….

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Judge Royce Lamberth

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* This Venn diagram reveals all you need to know about what lawyers put in their bios. [the [non]billable hour]

* Is Judge Royce Lamberth (D.D.C.), the judge behind the injunction on stem-cell research funding, about to get benchslapped by the D.C. Circuit? Professor Glenn Cohen thinks it’s possible — but in the meantime, the ruling is “a disaster for the Obama administration.” [Concurring Opinions]

* If mouthy blogger Hal Turner had threatened this Georgia state court judge, he’d be lucky to wind up in prison. [ABA Journal]

* Here’s a good overview of recent legal blogging, covering the Blagojevich verdict (or non-verdict); some British legal concerns (celebrity privacy, European arrest warrants, Doctor Who, and Top Gear-related legal issues); and associate deferrals. [Infamy or Praise]

* Wachtell M&A partner Craig Wasserman, RIP. [Am Law Daily]

If there was any real spirit of conscientious agitation for liberty left in America, people would be dressing up with Native American war-paint, heading down to New York Harbor, and tossing bags of bagels in the drink. The New York Post reports:

Only Albany could find a way to tax a cut.

The cash-strapped state has been enforcing a bizarre distinction in the tax laws which requires delis and food peddlers to impose a levy on sliced bagels — even though there is no tax when the breakfast staple is sold whole.

The story broke yesterday and since then I’ve been spending most of my time figuring out how many New York State politicians I can vote against this fall. Albany can rape smokers like me as much as they want. But screwing around with New York City bagels is another thing entirely. They may take our lands, but they’ll never take our lox.

I’ve been too apoplectic to think about this from a legal perspective. So I reached out to Caleb Newquist, editor of our sister site, Going Concern. Read about all of the interesting tax implications for a state he calls the “biggest fiscal sh**show.” Meanwhile, once the whether clears up, meet me at South Street. I’ll be the svelte, sexy black man dressed up like the last Mohican trying to appear inconspicuous.

Read about Albany’s oppressive tax plan on Going Concern.

Albany Risking Outright Anarchy Enforcing Taxes on Sliced Bagels [Going Concern]
NY’s cut of bagel ‘dough’ [New York Post]

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So the debate over the Park51 project, which would place a mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero, is purely about sensitivity — right? No bigotry here?

Well, somebody please tell that to Muslim cab drivers in New York City. One of them was stabbed, apparently for the crime of being a Muslim. New York 1 reports on the sad tale:

Investigators with the New York City Police Department say it all began Monday night when a 21-year-old man hailed a cab at 24th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan.

Police say the passenger asked the driver, “Are you Muslim?” When the driver said yes the passenger pulled a knife and slashed him in the throat, arm and lip.

The cabbie survived the attack and is being treated at an area hospital.

Alright, this happened. Now everybody take a deep breath…

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Have you been eying that pretty blonde you see on the train every morning on your way to work? Have you ever waited for the subway for over an hour on a Saturday night, drunk, really wishing you had an extra five bucks in your wallet so you could hop into a cab? Or simply, have you wanted to know the road conditions of your morning commute?

As with everything else in life these, now there’s an app for that.

Bumped.in, Fare/Share, and Waze are part of a slew of social networks for daily commuters that have cropped up over the past couple of months hoping to make your travel time more enjoyable. So for users who wish to log in, they’ll probably be someone else on the other end, willing to chat with you on the train, share a cab, or give you road updates — all based on your phone’s GPS system.

But with so much information out there, there’s the obvious question — how do you know that all the stalkers aren’t going to come out of the woodwork? How safe is your data?

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He bakes the most wonderful pies I have ever tasted in my life.

– McLean resident Joan Bretz, discussing her neighbor Joshua Gessler, the Arnold & Porter associate and George Mason adjunct law professor accused of producing child pornography.

This one is going to get really weird, really quickly. See if you can spot the civil rights violation.

Issue 1: City council of Alexandria, Virginia, approves a permit for a new barbecue restaurant.
Issue 2: The restaurant will have an open-air, gas grille.

Did you see the potential violation? No? Well, you’re just not thinking like a lawyer — or, at the very least, you’re not thinking like an insane person. The Alexandria Gazette Packet reports:

Del Ray Attorney Ed Ablard is challenging the restaurant as a violation of his civil rights. Because the gas-fueled smoker will release particulate matter into the air, his suit charges, his civil rights will be violated.

Is a white man claiming that a barbecue joint is somehow racist towards white people? No, it’s way more crazy than that…

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Lindsay Lohan

Ed. note: This post was compiled by one of our seven Morning Docket finalists. The finalists will be handling MD all week. As always, we welcome your thoughts in the comments.

* I’ll take the rapist for 200, Alex. The attorney for two women who accused the WikiLeaks Grand Poobah of sex crimes denies any involvement by the Pentagon or the CIA. [CNN]

* Stem cell judge has a history of ticking off presidents and playing cards with Scalia. [Washington Post]

* Civil Libertarians upset over “pay to play” high school sports in California. Libertarians fire back that there is no such thing as a free school lunch. [WSJ Law Blog]

* Lindsay Lohan was released from UCLA Medical Center yesterday. No word yet on which lucky UCLA law student got to chauffeur her home. [New York Post]

* The Brits aren’t sick of eggs. Hopefully you guys aren’t sick of egg stories. [New York Times]

* Tyler Perry’s Lawyers Prevail in Plagiarism Lawsuit. I smell a movie title. [Am Law Daily]

* Will the Justice Department weigh in with an amicus brief in the Proposition 8 case? Unclear. Is Perry v. Schwarzenegger the coolest case name ever? Yes. [National Law Journal]

It’s been a while since we’ve had a true contestant for the title of most depressing job offered to a law student. Sure, there have been a lot of jobs that offer $10 an hour, or even $0 an hour, for legal work. But at least those jobs were offering the opportunity to put long years of legal education to some sort of use.

No, the most depressing jobs for would-be lawyers in this economy are jobs they could have easily gotten before they went to law school. Or college. Really, the most depressing job I’ve seen appeared last year, when University of Texas law students were given the opportunity to do some babysitting for extra money. That’s an opportunity you present to responsible high school students, not students at the fifteenth-best law school in the country.

If you thought those days were behind us, think again. Take a look at the job that was blasted out yesterday to students at the other law school ranked #15, UCLA Law.

Traffic in L.A. is notoriously horrible, and now one UCLA law student might profit from his or her stop-and-go driving skills…

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* What’s the matter with Kansas Georgia? First the judges, and now the cops (who have been accused of racial profiling in a new lawsuit). [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

* In other Georgia legal news, a federal judge has issued a 172-page opinion finding that convicted cop killer Troy Davis is not actually innocent. [SCOTUSblog via Sentencing Law and Policy]

* Fashion industry lawyer Anne Sterba explains why Madonna, the original “Material Girl,” can be successfully sued for trademark infringement relating to her “Material Girl” clothing line. [Fashionista]

* Not all lawyers go off the clock while on the can; why should factory workers? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

* Some thoughts from Nicole Black on how large law firms can use social media. [Sui Generis]

* Why is Obama so darn hard to mock? [Althouse]

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