6th Circuit

  • Martha Craig Daughtrey RF

    6th Circuit, Benchslaps, Federal Judges, Jury Duty, Pornography, Quote of the Day, Trials

    Benchslap Of The Day: District Judge, You Better Work

    This whole “district judge” thing sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

    2 Comments / / Jan 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM
  • Sarah Jones

    6th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Defamation, Fashion, Free Speech, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Patents, Technology

    Morning Docket: 12.09.13

    * After its patent battle in the courts, Apple wants Samsung to pay for a portion of MoFo’s legal fees. When you think of it, $15.7 million is a rather piddling amount when full freight is $60 million. [The Recorder]

    * Say goodbye to your pensions! As it turns out, law review articles aren’t so useless after all. Detroit’s foray into Chapter 9 eligibility is the brainchild of a Jones Day partner and associate duo. [Am Law Daily]

    * It must be really stressful to plan a wedding when your defamation victory is on appeal to the Sixth Circuit. The latest chapter in the Sarah Jones v. TheDirty.com case could mean curtains for online speech. [AP]

    * When it comes to their credit ratings, stand-alone law schools are getting screwed due to their inability to put asses in their empty seats. Four out of five schools profiled could be in big trouble. Which ones? [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * “You need to not dress like that.” TMZ’s attorney, Jason Beckerman, is an alumnus of Kirkland & Ellis, and he was quickly advised by a producer that he needed to lose his lawyer duds. [California Lawyer]

    5 Comments / / Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM
  • embarrassed attorney LF

    6th Circuit, Benchslaps, Insurance, Screw-Ups

    Don’t Mock A Legal Argument If You’re Completely Wrong

    When State Farm called this case “ridiculous,” the Sixth Circuit decided to hand out a lesson in law and civility.

    23 Comments / / Sep 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM
  • Lady Gaga 2

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Celebrities, D.C. Circuit, FCC, Federal Judges, Food, john quinn, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Technology, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.11.13

    * Earlier this week, Verizon faced off against the Federal Communications Commission in a net neutrality battle royal before the D.C. Circuit. Next time, make FiOS work before trying to get a do-over on the way the internet runs. [New York Times]

    * “I see my job as an air traffic controller. And I see an unending line of airplanes.” Federal judges are buckling under the heavy weight of their caseloads, and from the sound of it, they’re not at all happy about the situation. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Which Biglaw firms strike the most fear into the hearts of their opponents when it comes to litigation? One firm got the boot from last year’s list, and we’ll have more on this later today. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Duane Morris is the first U.S. firm to open an office in Myanmar on some prime real estate. Be jealous of their associates as they bask in the splendor of its beautiful architecture. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * A trio of Quinn Emanuel partners, including John Quinn himself, teamed up to open a high-class sushi joint in L.A. If he waits tables, he’ll definitely need someone to break a hundred. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former student’s suit against Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and now he’ll have to live with shame for all eternity after being branded a cheater. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Strippers aren’t independent contractors, they’re employees entitled to minimum wage, says a judge. Taking off their clothes for only $7.25 an hour will do wonders for their self-esteem. [New York Daily News]

    * Lady Gaga is being taken to trial over the wage-and-hour lawsuit filed by her former personal assistant. We wonder if the pop star will be as foul-mouthed on the stand as she was in her deposition. [ABC News]

    6 Comments / / Sep 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • 220px-Anthonyweiner

    6th Circuit, Eliot Spitzer, ERISA, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Survivor, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.13

    * For everyone at the midway point of a bar exam: Here… [Dinmoney]

    * Naked selfies: Not just for Carlos Danger anymore. A female police officer uses her workday to post naked pictures of herself. [Legal Juice]

    * Speaking of NYC politics and placing Weiners where they don’t belong, Professor Lawrence Cunningham argues that Eliot Spitzer would be a horrible Comptroller based on his record as New York Attorney General. Cunningham then lists every reason Eliot Spitzer was an awesome Attorney General. [Concurring Opinions]

    * An appeals court has upheld the ruling that killed Mayor Bloomberg’s large sugary soda ban. Drink up, fatasses! It’s your right as an American. In the meantime, check out this argument over whether the decision contains a curious paradox [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The Sixth Circuit affirmed an earlier decision dismissing a suit brought by Cooley grads. But they did not repeat the classic, “an ordinary prudent person would not have relied on [Cooley's] statistics to decide to spend $100,000 or more.” [ABA Journal]

    * After winning Survivor, Cochran has decided to turn his law degree into the most expensive TV screenwriting degree ever. He’ll be penning a sitcom this Fall. [St. Louis Today]

    * Susan Westerberg Prager, the incoming dean of Southwestern Law School, is the first female dean of a law school… again. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * One doctor. Four different signatures “under penalty of perjury.” I think we’re underestimating the evil quadruplet theory. [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]

    * As someone without kids, I find this fascinating. Popehat has a poll asking readers their thoughts on monitoring the electronic communication of their middle schoolers. As a parent, are you more Edward Snowden or J. Edgar Hoover? [Popehat]

    1 Comment / / Jul 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • wade-mccree-RF

    6th Circuit, Abortion, Attorney Misconduct, Judge of the Day, Legal Ethics

    Judge of the Day: Wade McCree’s Shameless Game Up for Debate in Judicial Misconduct Charges

    Judge Wade McCree is back, this time as the subject of a 21-count misconduct complaint!

    10 Comments / / Mar 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM
  • law_school

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Deaths, Gay, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Robert Bork

    Morning Docket: 12.19.12

    * Oh mon dieu! Cela ne semble pas bon! As confirmed by The Lawyer, Nixon Peabody will definitely be closing its four-year-old international outpost in Paris, France, leaving the firm with only two offices outside of the United States. Triste. :( [Am Law Daily]

    * “I just wanted somebody to pat me on the head.” Aww, all this former Winston & Strawn partner wanted was for someone to tell him he was a good boy, so he helped Kenneth Starr launder money. At least he didn’t get jail time. [New York Law Journal]

    * Sorry, lady, but when you work in an HR capacity and you publish tripe about gays not being civil rights victims because they “choose” their lifestyle, the Sixth Circuit will just laugh at your appeal. [National Law Journal]

    * At least one law school has gotten the point that tuition is too damn high. Starting next year, Seton Hall Law will allow qualifying first-year students to save about 50 percent on the cost of attendance. [Associated Press]

    * What are some benefits of taking a gap year between the completion of your undergraduate degree and law school? Well, for one, you might reconsider your decision to enroll. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    1 Comment / / Dec 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • Wise Latina?

    6th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Federal Judges, Politics, Quote of the Day, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: Partisan Hearts Beating Underneath Their Robes?

    How political are federal judges? Pretty darn political, according to a new book (co-authored by a noted federal judge).

    3 Comments / / Nov 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM
  • got_tenure_tee

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Crime, Football, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Police, Religion, Sentencing Law, Twittering, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.08.12

    * The Sixth Circuit delved into the question of law professors’ tenure in a recent decision, noting that it doesn’t guarantee a job for life. But seriously, why on earth would you want to have a lifetime career at Cooley Law anyway? [National Law Journal]

    * Was the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting a hate crime? Well, the shooter was in a racist skinhead band and purchased supplies from a neo-Nazi group, if that gives you a clue. [Reuters]

    * Bet nobody saw this kind of douchebaggery happening: Jackson Lewis has been tapped to represent a member of Penn State’s board of trustees to appeal the NCAA’s unappealable sanctions, and he’s recruiting fellow trustees to join him. [Am Law Daily]

    * No more “no comment” for this former reporter: Bruce Brown, a partner at Baker Hostetler, was appointed as the new executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * As expected, Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty in the Arizona shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others. He’ll likely receive several life sentences as opposed to the death penalty. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “This sh*t ain’t no joke yo, I’m serious, people are gonna die like Aurora.” Twitter, please cooperate so the police don’t have to subpoena you when a user threatens to commit a massacre in NYC. [NBC New York]

    1 Comment / / Aug 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • 250px-Makers_Mark

    6th Circuit, Drinking, Federal Judges, Intellectual Property

    Wow, This Sixth Circuit Judge Knows A Lot About Bourbon

    It’s not every day that a federal appellate ruling doubles as an informative history lesson about bourbon whiskey.

    31 Comments / / May 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM
  • Nicollette Sheridan

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Defamation, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Television, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 03.20.12

    * It’s time for the Supreme Court to sound off on the battle over women’s wombs, and you know it’s bad when even a sitting justice calls it “a mess.” Can a child conceived after a parent’s death receive survivor benefits? [CNN]

    * Disgusting health warning pictures on cigarette packaging and advertising: now constitutional according to the Sixth Circuit. Maybe this will inspire people to quit a habit that’s almost equally as disgusting. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * When Biglaw is involved, so is big money. Say “aloha” to the largest personal injury settlement in Hawaii’s history. The state will pay $15.4M over the hiking death of Gibson Dunn partner Elizabeth Brem. [Am Law Daily]

    * A lawsuit filed against fashionista Alexander Wang over his alleged “sweatshop” has been discontinued, and not because there isn’t a case, but because the lawyers on either side have major beef. [New York Magazine]

    * The Better Business Bureau has moved to dismiss a Florida law firm’s suit over its “F” grade. Because sometimes the truth hurts, but that doesn’t mean you can sue over it if you don’t like it. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * The biggest bimbo from Wisteria Lane gets screwed again, but this time in court. A mistrial has been declared in Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against the producers of “Desperate Housewives.” [Reuters]

    9 Comments / / Mar 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • 6th Circuit, ACLU, Education / Schools, Gay, Gay Marriage, Religion

    Should Therapists Be Able to Turn Away Clients on Moral Grounds?

    Over the weekend, Mark Oppenheimer wrote an interesting New York Times piece about the Sixth Circuit’s recent ruling in Ward v. Polite (PDF). In that case, Judge Jeffrey Sutton — noted feeder judge, judicial hottie, and possible SCOTUS nominee in a Republican administration — handed a (partial) victory to Julea Ward, an evangelical Christian who […]

    36 Comments / / Feb 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM
  • 6th Circuit, Animal Law, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Throw the Court a Bone

    This is perhaps the dog-gonest case ever to reach a federal appellate court. – Judge Ronald Lee Gilman, writing for Sixth Circuit in O’Neill v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, a case that involved the forcible implanting of microchips in a family’s dogs without consent.

    4 Comments / / Nov 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM
  • 6th Circuit, Bar Exams, Clerkships, Fabulosity, Holy Crap, Law Schools, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Pregnant Woman Takes Bar Exam While in Labor, Delivers Baby Right After!

    Have you ever wondered why the Illinois bar website is called IBABY? Maybe it’s because test-takers in that state go into active labor during the exam, and give birth less than two hours after leaving the test….

    183 Comments / / Jul 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM
  • 6th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Federal Judges, Gender, Judge of the Day, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Quote of the Day, Racism, Women's Issues

    Quote of the Day: In Da Club

    If I were in their role and in their position, I probably wouldn’t understand it either, that a club really can’t attract minority members. – Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. of the Sixth Circuit, commenting to the New York Times about two of his colleagues on the court — Eric L. Clay and R. Guy […]

    30 Comments / / May 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM
  • 6th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Federal Judges, Gender, Judge of the Day, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Racism, Women's Issues

    Judge Allowed To Belong To All-White Club (Because He’s Trying Really Hard To Make It Better)

    It’s the ruling that is splitting the Sixth Circuit apart. A federal bankruptcy judge, George Paine II, belongs to an all-white country club in Nashville. But there is a pesky judicial code of conduct that says that judges “should not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, […]

    130 Comments / / May 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM
  • 6th Circuit, Police, Privacy, Technology

    Sex Pill Peddler Makes It Hard for the Po-Po to Peep at Your Email

    Thanks to a huge decision out of the Sixth Circuit, your email and the Fourth Amendment just got better acquainted. The police need to get a warrant to take a peek at the contents of someone’s inbox, writes Judge Danny Boggs — once rumored to be on the SCOTUS shortlist — in the court’s opinion […]

    23 Comments / / Dec 15, 2010 at 3:09 PM
  • Law Schools, Screw-Ups

    Cooley Law Dropout Learns a Lesson in Res Judicata

    Whenever we write about Thomas M. Cooley Law School, commenters cannot resist reminding us of Cooley’s business model. The school admits a large number of 1Ls. If they can’t hack it, they are dismissed. So what happens to the kids who couldn’t hack it at Cooley? Well, sometimes they sue the school for discrimination. But, […]

    73 Comments / / Mar 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM

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