Culture critic Harry Graff offers his thoughts on David Simon’s new HBO show, in which a federal judge plays a prominent role.
A conversation between Microsoft GC Brad Smith and technology columnist Jeff Bennion about a Second Circuit case with important implications for data privacy.
It has long been the case in Hong Kong that most UK law firms and a very small minority of US law firms have three month notice periods for their US associates built into their employment contracts. But until about 18 months ago it was not common for any firm to enforce a three month notice period when a US associate left solo[…]
* The National Association for Law Placement released slightly improved jobs numbers for the law school class of 2014, so yay? [National Law Journal]
* Guess what? Prosecutors don’t like the Second Circuit’s higher threshold for insider trading cases and now they’d like the Supreme Court to do something about it. [Wall Street Journal]
* A group of merchants including Amazon, Wal-Mart and Starbucks want the $7 billion settlement negotiated over interchange fees with Visa, Mastercard and American Express in an antitrust case vacated due to attorney Gary Friedman’s alleged misconduct. [Law360]
* Don’t cha love it when media scandals become real life litigation? All your deflategate legal questions answered. [Stradley Law]
I have blogged about this matter several times, all the while applauding the lower court decision and employer’s legal position in the case, as I believed what these temporary lawyers were doing did constitute the practice of law.
This case has major implications for technology, data privacy, cloud computing, international relations, U.S. business interests, and media, so it deserves close attention.
* If Taylor Swift doesn’t like a photographer she just shakes it off… and then roughs him up according to her contract. [Gawker]
* Bankers commit crimes for the dumbest reasons. [Dealbreaker]
* Chadbourne closes its Beijing office, leaving the firm with no more boots on the ground in Asia. It’s like the Asian Pivot… but backward. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* The Florida Supreme Court just ordered the legislature to redraw some of the state’s congressional districts before 2016. All that hard gerrymandering work for nothing, huh? [Reuters via Yahoo News]
* Richard Hsu of Shearman & Sterling and the host of the Hsu Untied podcast finds himself on the other side of this interview. [One-400]
* Katten Muchin is back in hot water after the Seventh Circuit revived a malpractice suit. [Law 360]
* Judge Rakoff relishes an opportunity to sit by designation on the Second Circuit. [Dealbreaker]
* A reminder that Bloomberg BNA is hosting its inaugural Big Law Business Summit next week to hear from in-house counsel about the evolving relationship between Biglaw and its clients. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
Ed. note: Above the Law will not be publishing on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
* The settlement deal between Target and Mastercard over the 2013 data breach is dead after failing to garner the requisite issuer support. Proposed settlement: $19 million. Years of protracted litigation: Priceless. [Credit Union Times]
* High school teacher who admitted she and another teacher had a threesome with a 16-year-old student got off — well, legally — with a slap on the wrist. Folks are starting to wonder if her dad being a sitting district judge had anything to do with that. [Times-Picayune]
* On a similar note, Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… fame? Is she famous? Whatever. The point is Mama June is toying with suing the TLC Network because they canceled her show over a child molester, but haven’t nuked 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of its brewing molestation scandal. When you consider these hit shows starring inbred hillbillies with molestation issues, remember that TLC stands for “The Learning Channel.” [TMZ]
* Lawmakers pushing back against Governor Cuomo’s proposal to appoint an independent monitor to investigate police-related civilian killings. One skeptical State Senator proclaims, “What I do know is that it treats police officers different than other citizens.” Yes, because right now the police get the same kid gloves grand jury presentations the rest of us do. [Capital New York]
* Texas prosecuted 115,782 truancies in a year, levying hefty fines and doling out jail time to kids as young as 12. Well hello there prison-industrial complex! [Al Jazeera America]
* Are the Yankees and A-Rod gearing up for arbitration… or settlement? I don’t know, why wouldn’t you want to put a warm, likeable guy like him in front of a panel? [Concurring Opinions]
* Judges must be the loneliest people on social media… [The Daily Record]
* Merely complaining to your boss is enough to trigger anti-retaliation provisions according to the Second Circuit. So feel free to call up that partner you hate… [JD Supra]
In a huge decision, the Second Circuit reinstated a challenge to the NSA’s warrantless phone records program.
My father is a military man. Accordingly, all things in life, from mundane trips to the grocery store to complex life decisions like planning for and choosing a college, was subject to careful, deliberate planning. Digesting evidence and facts was a far better road than the proverbial “crossing of fingers” and trusting that “it will all work out for the best.” Former NYC mayor Rudolph Guiliani said it best when he announced that “Hope is not a strategy.”
I was reminded of this adage when reading a few industry reports compiling data points about corporate legal departments and the ever –increasing complexity of the regulatory environment. Here are some shockers:
Sergey Aleynikov gets a verdict after a missing slice of avocado, a blood test, and a food poisoning conspiracy theory nearly trigger a mistrial.
A federal judge offers a spirited defense of using legislative history in statutory interpretation.
* Thanks to Wonkette for pointing out that we were on this whole Ruth Baby Ginsburg thing last year. [Wonkette]
* Speaking of our legally themed Halloween costume contest, please send us your nominations. [Above the Law]
* Salacious allegations about a high-flying investment banker invite comparisons to The Wolf of Wall Street. [Dealbreaker]
* The Second Circuit puts a stop to a legal challenge to the stop-and-frisk settlement. [How Appealing]
* You’d expect a former lawmaker to have a better understanding of… the law. [Lexington Herald-Leader]
* The Wall Street Journal reviews Paul Barrett’s new book (affiliate link) about the never-ending Chevron/Ecuador litigation. [Wall Street Journal]
* Speaking of the Chevron/Ecuador matter, here’s more about the Canadian Bar Association’s controversial involvement, which Canada columnist Steve Dykstra covered earlier. [rabble.ca]
* Some thoughts from Jonathan Mermin on something lawyers see every day: bad arguments. [Green Bag]
* Here’s a great new resource for our fellow aficionados of appellate arguments. [Free Law Project]
* Uh oh! The Second Circuit is having a copy/paste problem in that it copied and pasted the wrong legal standard into twelve of its immigration opinions from 2008 to 2012. Embarrassing. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Am Law named the grand prize winners of the magazine’s Global Legal Awards for the best cross-border work in corporate, finance, disputes, and citizenship. Was your firm honored? [Am Law Daily]
* An attorney at this Louisiana law firm was apparently attacked by a co-worker’s husband who claimed that the lawyer was behind his cuckolding. We may have more on this later. [Louisiana Record]
* A computer systems engineer at Wilson Sonsini has been charged with insider trading. This is the second time in three years that an employee from the firm has been charged with this crime. [Bloomberg]
* The best way to navigate common mistakes in the LSAT logical reasoning section is to display your logical reasoning capabilities by not taking the LSAT right now. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]
What does Judge Wesley of the Second Circuit view as the weakness of the iPad as a work tool?
Why does Judge Wesley of the Second Circuit love using his iPad at oral argument? Let him count the ways.