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    Federal Government

    HUD Housing Disparate Impact Rules Vacated – How an APA Case Could Clarify Complicated Private Litigation

    Ed note: This post originally appeared on Federal Regulations Advisor. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2013 rules (ostensibly) under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) establishing disparate-impact liability in a case revolving on homeowners’ insurance coverage policies. Plaintiffs in American Insurance Association […]

    / Nov 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM
  • 2nd Circuit, Books, Holidays and Seasons, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.31.14

    * 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]

    2 Comments / / Oct 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Environment / Environmental Law, Litigators

    The View From Up North: Has The CBA Crossed The Line?

    Is the Canadian Bar Association sticking its nose where it doesn't belong?

    3 Comments / / Oct 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM
  • Insider trading tastes delicious!

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Securities Law

    Morning Docket: 09.22.14

    * Politics and Biglaw just don’t mix: House Republicans hired Quinn Emanuel to handle their suit against President Barack Obama after Baker Hostetler withdrew from the representation due to “political pressure” the firm was facing. [Politico]

    * The paper and napkin-eating “Middleman” in the post-it note insider trading ring pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges. This might make it difficult for his cohorts to substantiate their not-guilty pleas. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “This is a tale with no shortage of knaves or villains.” If you’re interested in learning about Chevron’s legal wranglings in Ecuador and with plaintiffs attorney Steven Donziger, there are a bunch of interesting new readings for you to peruse. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Crisis in legal education be damned! They may have bad timing, but these law schools are focusing on building bigger and better facilities for students they’re unable to put in their seats. [National Law Journal]

    * Ohio law schools have taken a bruising in terms of decreased enrollment, but the University of Toledo has faced the worst of it. With a 25.9% reduction in 1Ls, tuition cuts can only do so much. [Toledo Blade]

    1 Comment / / Sep 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • Deepak Gupta

    Boutique Law Firms, Litigators, Quote of the Day, Small Law Firms

    Messing With Big Oil Can Spell Big Trouble

    An in-depth article in Rolling Stone takes a close look at the never-ending litigation between Steven Donziger and Chevron.

    10 Comments / / Aug 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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    Books, Constitutional Law, D.C. Circuit, Drinking, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sexual Harassment, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.24.14

    * Have you all called the Breaking Bad law firm number yet? Because it works, so go for it! [Legal Cheek]

    * How to make airlines more profitable: make everyone sit on bicycle seats! [Lowering the Bar]

    * Ilya Somin explains why the D.C. Circuit’s interpretation in Halbig isn’t absurd. And it’s not absurd. It just reflects the hilariously cynical conservative opposition to giving their own citizens tax breaks. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Ohio State fired its band director amid sexual harassment allegations. To fire a guy, Ohio State must have dotted every “i” in this investigation. [USA Today]

    * Speaking of sexual harassment, the Navy’s Blue Angels are the subject of a sexual harassment suit. And somehow it involves a blue and gold penis seen from space. [Slate]

    * The Chevron battle over Ecuador continues. Turns out the star witness Chevron paid upwards of $1 million to testify took 50 days of prep to finally get his ever-shifting story straight. [Huffington Post]

    * There’s a new book out called Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour (affiliate link). We haven’t read it, but apparently this tale of “a burnt-out, second-year attorney working in the dysfunctional world of Big Law” mentions ATL. So they definitely did their research. [Amazon]

    * Watch a drunk guy give cops a lesson in Con Law. Video after the jump…. [Barstool Sports]

    0 Comments / / Jul 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM
  • LeBron_James_Dec_2012_3

    Baseball, Basketball, Environment / Environmental Law, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, White-Collar Crime, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.11.14

    * For all you surprised by LeBron James, let me remind you: Cleveland is all about two non-consecutive stints. [Wikipedia]

    * Speaking of basketball, Mitchell Epner takes his talents to CNBC to breakdown the 5 things he learned during the first week of the Donald Sterling trial. [CNBC]

    * Who is the Litigator of the Week, per Litigation Daily? It’s Daniel Gitner of Lankler Siffert & Wohl because he became the first lawyer to beat the S.D.N.Y. U.S.A.O. in an insider trading case. Also because he’s awesome. Pardon me while I put on my LSW shirt. [The Litigation Daily (sub. req.)]

    * Hey! Take a second to take our latest law firm survey. We really want your feedback on your perception. [Above the Law]

    * “5 Reasons the Sleeping Yankees Fan’s Lawyer Should Be Disbarred.” Fair enough. [Internet on Trial]

    * Will the EPA’s latest carbon rule survive judicial challenge? I would have said “no” but after Homer City… [Breaking Energy]

    * Do blondes make more money? I guess that’s the trade-off with being the focus of revenge porn. [The Careerist / American Lawyer]

    * Aereo is back. Sort of. [Comm Law Blog]

    * A former Patton partner lost his new job at Pillsbury over the Chevron case. Could anybody have suffered more over this case? Oh, right, all the Ecuadorians. [Legal Times]

    * While you weren’t looking, even fewer people took the LSAT. Obviously. [LSAC]

    2 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM
  • patton boggs logo RF

    Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers, Legal Ethics, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs

    Squire Sanders Puts Patton Boggs Merger Vote On Hold

    Why did Squire Sanders suspend the merger vote, and what are the chances of it being restarted?

    6 Comments / / May 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM
  • Defeated businessman

    Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs

    Patton Boggs Raises The White Flag In The Chevron Battle

    How much is Patton Boggs paying to make this nightmare come to an end?

    36 Comments / / May 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM
  • patton boggs logo

    Airplanes / Aviation, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs

    Morning Docket: 04.01.14

    * Maybe things are getting better. Per the latest Law Watch Managing Partner Confidence Index, Biglaw partners have shown an uptick in confidence in the first quarter of 2014. [Am Law Daily]

    * Thanks to this ruling, Chevron can sue Patton Boggs over claims it engaged in fraud during the Ecuador case. Don’t worry, we’re sure the merger with Squire Sanders will be just fine. [Reuters]

    * Dewey know how much the latest clawback suit seeks from this failed firm’s ex-COO? About $9.3 million, for his “astronomically generous” employment contract. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * No more “unfounded” filings for this unfound plane: A firm’s attempts to get documents from Malaysian Air to file a possible lawsuit have been thwarted by a judge, with the possibility of sanctions. [Bloomberg]

    * When your “concerned uncle” is writing to a pre-law adviser about your future when you haven’t even gone to college yet, you know you’re probably destined to be a gunner. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    3 Comments / / Apr 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • patton boggs logo RF

    Biglaw, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Firm Mergers, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, S.D.N.Y., Trials

    Patton Boggs Down In The Dumps, Hires Financial Advisers

    What’s the latest bad news for the troubled law firm of Patton Boggs?

    8 Comments / / Mar 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • Steven Donziger Steven R Donziger

    Environment / Environmental Law, Litigators, Quote of the Day, S.D.N.Y., Trials

    Sí Se Puede — ¡En Ecuador!

    What does Steven Donziger have to say for himself in his civil RICO trial?

    4 Comments / / Nov 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM
  • Clarence Thomas LF

    Clarence Thomas, Clerkships, Federal Judges, Federalist Society, Feeder Judges, Parties, Pictures, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks!

    Highlights from Justice Thomas’s hilarious and heartwarming remarks at last night’s Federalist Society dinner.

    116 Comments / / Nov 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Animal Law, Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Lateral Moves, Law Firm Mergers, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Pets, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 10.08.13

    * Say what you will about Justice Scalia, but the man is hilarious — more funny than his four liberal colleagues combined, according to a statistical analysis of oral argument recordings. [New York Times]

    * The government shutdown is slowing down the judicial confirmation process, already famous for its speed and efficiency. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]

    * More about news for Steven Donziger in his long-running battle with Chevron. Maybe it’s time to surrender, Steve? I hear Ecuador is a great place to retire. [New York Law Journal]

    * Law firm merger mania continues, as Carlton Fields combines with Jorden Burt. [Carlton Fields (press release)]

    * Herbert Smith Freehills says “you’re hired” to Scott Balber, the lawyer for Donald Trump who got mocked by Bill Maher on national television. [The Lawyer]

    * You might see your dog as harmless and cuddly, but the law might see your dog as a weapon (and rightfully so, in my opinion). [New York Times via ABA Journal]

    * Congratulations to all the winners of the FT’s Innovative Lawyers awards. [Financial Times]

    * And congratulations to Heidi Wendel and Deirdre McEvoy, high-ranking government lawyers headed to Jones Day and Patterson Belknap, respectively. [New York Law Journal]

    * Today the Supreme Court will hear argument in McCutcheon v. FEC, a major campaign finance case that some are calling “the next Citizens United.” Check out an interview with one of the lawyers behind it, after the jump. [UCTV]

    Marty Lasden of California Lawyer magazine interviewed the severely conservative James Bopp Jr. for the “Legally Speaking” series (in which I previously participated). It appears this interview with Bopp took place before Bopp got bumped from the podium in favor of Erin Murphy, a young superstar of the Supreme Court bar.

    8 Comments / / Oct 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM
  • patton boggs logo RF

    Advertising, Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Litigators, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Litigation Problems at Patton Boggs Lead To Lateral Leakage

    How many lawyers has the firm lost since getting involved with the Chevron litigation?

    / Jul 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM
  • marriage equality

    9th Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Ballard Spahr, Biglaw, California, Election Law, Elena Kagan, Gay, Gay Marriage, John Roberts, Law Firm Mergers, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Patton Boggs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.01.13

    * Who is the real John Roberts? Will he forever be known as health care reform’s savior, or the man who disregarded precedent to gut minority voting rights? Hell if we know, so we’ll let you be the judge. [Opinionator / New York Times]

    * The man may be a mystery, but one thing’s for sure when it comes to Chief Justice Roberts: it’s fair to say that at this point, he’d sincerely appreciate it if his colleagues would kindly STFU during oral argument. [Big Story / Associated Press]

    * Elena Kagan, a justice who was never a judge, is now being praised for her ability to put the law into terms that non-lawyers can understand. That’s a score for law professors everywhere. [New York Times]

    * In terms of the Voting Rights Act, while the chances of the current Congress enacting a universal voting law are approximately nil, there are other effective avenues that could be taken. [New York Times]

    * On Friday, the Ninth Circuit lifted the stay on gay marriages in California, and less than 24 hours later, Prop 8 supporters filed an emergency motion with SCOTUS to stop all of the weddings. Lovely. [NPR]

    * Meanwhile, ex-judge Vaughn Walker thinks Justice Scalia’s having joined the high court’s majority on standing telegraphed the fact that he didn’t have votes to uphold Prop 8 as constitutional. [NPR]

    * Rubber stamp this: Judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are so upset that they’re being made out as government patsies that they’re talking to the press about it. [Washington Post]

    * Whether you think Chevron is “suing [Patton Boggs] lawyers for litigating” or for promoting fraud that “shocks the conscience,” here’s a summary of what’s going on in an epic case. [Washington Post]

    * Got a high-profile criminal defense firm? Look out, because you may have captured Biglaw’s eye. Take, for example, Stillman & Friedman, which will be merging with Ballard Spahr. [New York Times]

    * Apparently being in your mid-50s is a “good time to [retire]” for law deans who pull in six figures. Ken Randall, outgoing dean of Alabama Law, says he’s “really ready for the next challenge.” [AL.com]

    9 Comments / / Jul 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • Righteous Indignation RF

    Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, Constitutional Law, John Roberts, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Righteous Indignation: Conservatives Benchslapping Conservatives

    Oh no he didn’t! Watch Justice Scalia ladle out the sauce to Chief Justice Roberts.

    10 Comments / / May 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM
  • Paging the next Aquagirl! Where are you? (Click for the image for the original post.)

    American Bar Association / ABA, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Commencement, Job Searches, Keker & Van Nest, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Sports, Summer Associates, Tax Law, White House Counsel

    Morning Docket: 05.20.13

    * Obama might have found out about the IRS scandal “when it came out in the news,” but the Office of White House Counsel knew what was going on weeks ago. Hooray, a new reason for people to lose their sh*t. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through ridiculously expensive litigation: making up almost two percent of our GDP, our legal system is the most costly on earth, which isn’t exactly something we should be bragging about. [Corporate Counsel]

    * “It’s no surprise these lawyers would want to get off this sinking ship.” It looks like things are going just swimmingly for Steven Donziger now that John Keker’s out as his defense attorney in the Chevron fraud case. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “Fantasy sports is usually the first and last thing I’ll do each day.” Here’s some proof that there’s such a thing as work/life balance in Biglaw… which is only applicable if you’re a partner. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school enrollment is down, and so is tuition revenue, so the legal academy is now selling new degrees. It’s only a matter of time before they market employment timeshares. [National Law Journal]

    * On the bright side, if you’re still looking for a job, our own David Lat has some advice on how to get one (and how NOT to get one). We miss summer associates’ misbehavior. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * Congrats are in order for this weekend’s graduates, including the first graduates of LMU’s embattled law school — they won’t let a lack of ABA accreditation rain on their parade. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    11 Comments / / May 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

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