Class Actions

  • gradenfreude

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.15.14

    * Thanks to a former Skadden attorney’s failed attempt to kill himself, police were able to retrieve a suicide note — entitled “A Sad Ending to My Life” — that revealed the lawyer’s $5M Ponzi scheme. We may have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I’m not one who believes there are too many lawyers in the country,” says Dean Thomas Guernsey of Thomas Jefferson Law. Conveniently, only 29% of TJSL’s ’13 grads are working in full-time, long-term jobs as lawyers. Kudos! [U-T San Diego]

    * The government just paid the least amount of money to legal services contractors since 2008. As far as Biglaw firms are concerned, Curtis Mallet-Prevost posted “significant losses,” receiving $2M less than it did in 2013. [National Law Journal]

    * Because not everyone wears gas masks, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to keep police from using tear gas on peaceful protestors in Ferguson without first issuing “clear and unambiguous warnings.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event of the evening! IT’S TIME! FIGHTING out of the blue corner, angry UFC combatants who are planning to use “renowned” antitrust firms to secure “hundreds of millions of dollars”! [Bloody Elbow / SB Nation]

    16 Comments / / Dec 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • sexytary

    Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Ted Frank

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.05.14

    * A cautionary tale about using online dating to cheat on your spouse — you might end up upwards of $54K poorer. [Legal Cheek]

    * Alabama wasted time and energy passing a ballot measure for the purely symbolic purpose of reaffirming Xenophobia? Shocking! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Interesting tale of reporting a female boss for sexual harassment. [Vice]

    * When the police inevitably come down on you, turn off your iPhones first. [Versus Texas]

    * 6 Hilarious Trials That Prove the Legal System Is Screwed. [Cracked]

    * CCAF is hiring. Good pay, flexible hours. Sounds like a great gig if you hate plaintiffs’ firms. [Center for Class Action Fairness]

    * Should Jewish judges recuse themselves in Palestinian terrorism cases? Um. No? [Tablet Magazine]

    * Jameis Winston’s lawyer is just the worst. [Jezebel]

    9 Comments / / Nov 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM
  • Melvyn Weiss

    Art, Lawyerly Lairs, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Money, Plaintiffs Firms, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: From A Big House To The Big House And Back Again — Mel Weiss’s $19 Million Mansion

    The former king of securities class actions, now out of federal prison, has put his massive mansion up for sale.

    33 Comments / / Oct 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM
  • redbull

    Biglaw, Canada, Drugs, Football, Kids, Law Professors, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Pornography, Rankings, Trials

    Morning Docket: 10.09.14

    * Thanks to a partner from K&L Gates, victims of revenge porn will be able to rely upon the assistance of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to guide them through the courts pro bono. [National Law Journal]

    * The latest Princeton Review rankings are out, and now you can find out if you attend a law school that has some of the best professors in the country. Spoiler alert: Yale Law isn’t No. 1. [Huffington Post]

    * Calling all lawyers and law students! If you bought a Red Bull in the past 12 years to get through an all-nighter, then you’ll be able to make some quick cash from this class action settlement. [BuzzFeed]

    * It seems that Madame Justice Lori Douglas, the Canadian judge whose nude pictures were leaked online, is no longer facing sexual harassment charges. That must be nice for her, all things considered. [CBC News]

    * Per federal prosecutors, if you’re not too high to suck at playing games on Xbox, then you’re not too high to forget about friends of the accused Boston bomber removing evidence from your room. [Bloomberg]

    * Adrian Peterson’s felony child abuse trial is supposed to begin in December, but it could be delayed because the judge may have to recuse. That’s what happens when you call lawyers “media whores.” [CNN]

    7 Comments / / Oct 9, 2014 at 8:06 AM
  • Moose stopping

    Animal Law, Canada, Plaintiffs Firms

    Moose Law

    This is why God made personal injury lawyers.

    21 Comments / / Sep 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • Richard Posner

    7th Circuit, Benchslaps, Litigators, Richard Posner, Ted Frank

    More Benchslaps — But Mild Ones — From Judge Richard Posner

    Judge Posner channels Mr. Spock: “So [your client] is not logical, you’re saying.”

    20 Comments / / Sep 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM
  • ???????

    Bar Exams, Plaintiffs Firms, Technology

    ExamSoft Sued In Illinois

    Our first look at an actual complaint filed against ExamSoft.

    73 Comments / / Aug 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM
  • Error ExamSoft

    Bar Exams, Plaintiffs Firms, Technology

    The Inevitable Trawling For ExamSoft Class Action Participants Has Begun!

    Things are going to continue getting worse for ExamSoft for a while.

    32 Comments / / Aug 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM
  • Justice Stephen Breyer

    American Bar Association / ABA, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sports, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.09.14

    * If you’ve ever wondered what’s being said about Supreme Court justices during the vetting process, we’ve got a great one-liner about Justice Breyer, who’s apparently a “rather cold fish.” Oooh, sick burn. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * The NLJ 350 rankings are here, and this is where we get to see the big picture about the big boys of Biglaw. In 2013, it looks like headcount grew by 3.9 percent, which is good, but not great, all things considered. Meh. [National Law Journal]

    * A Wisconsin judge is the latest to give her state’s ban on same-sex marriage the finger, and she did it with flair, noting in her opinion that “traditional” marriages throughout history were polygamous. [Bloomberg]

    * The Ed O’Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA is going to trial today before Judge Claudia Wilken. Since it could change college sports forever, here’s everything you need to know about it. [USA Today]

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of those employed in the legal sector is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2014, with jobs still being shed. Welcome, graduates! [Am Law Daily]

    * UC Irvine Law has finally earned full accreditation from the American Bar Association. We’d like to say nice work and congrats, but we’re pretty sure the ABA would fully accredit a toaster. [Los Angeles Times]

    0 Comments / / Jun 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • buffalo-RF

    Football

    God Hates You, Buffalo

    This week, the Bills carry on their illustrious history as God’s punchline, closing one lawsuit and preparing for another.

    4 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM
  • Muscle Milk: drink this and you'll write awesome pro se briefs.

    Drinking, Food, Law Schools, Litigators, Pro Se Litigants

    Muscle Milk + Pro Se Litigant = Hilarity

    Muscle Milk + Pro Se Litigant = Hilarity.

    17 Comments / / Mar 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM
  • iStock_000014301241Small-RF

    Quote of the Day, Screw-Ups

    Gas Company Forgot To Check The Law Before Threatening Customers

    Litigation strategy goes poof.

    3 Comments / / Mar 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    10th Circuit, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, David Boies, Federal Government, Gay, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Sports, Ted Olson, Utah

    Morning Docket: 02.03.14

    * The U.S. government has decreased funding to outside counsel for the third year in a row, leaving most Biglaw firms high and dry — except for Curtis Mallet-Prevost. Spend that $8.7M in contract cash wisely. [National Law Journal]

    * Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who brought DOMA down to its knees, is repping clients who want to intervene in the gay marriage case before the Tenth Circuit. Looks like somebody wants to be 2013 and 2014 Lawyer of the Year. [BuzzFeed]

    * A judge has granted class action status in the suit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. Let’s see if David Boies and Ted Olson can take another case to the Supreme Court and win. [Reuters]

    * If you’ve been wondering why David Wildstein picked the Friday before the Super Bowl to stab Governor Chris Christie in the back, Lat thinks it might have been “some kind of act of revenge.” [Bergen Record]

    * No acquittals this time: George Zimmerman is planning to enter the wonderful world of “celebrity” boxing. He’s set to enter the ring on March 1, and is more than likely to get his ass kicked. [Chicago Tribune]

    6 Comments / / Feb 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM
  • iStock_000011313932XSmall-RF

    Labor / Employment, Plaintiffs Firms, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Greatest Risk For Workplace Lawsuits In 2014 Remains ‘Doing Illegal Stuff’

    Businesses are told that plaintiff lawyers are out to get them. In reality, businesses need to do more to stay out of trouble in the first place.

    3 Comments / / Jan 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM
  • His Honor objects!

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Cars, Quote of the Day

    Chief Judge Kozinski: His Honor Objects!

    Welcome to what one legal journalist describes as a “lawyer’s nightmare.”

    9 Comments / / Nov 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM
  • Jodi Arias

    9th Circuit, Antitrust, BAR/BRI, Biglaw, Defamation, Law Firm Mergers, Morning Docket, Murder, Pregnancy / Paternity, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants

    Morning Docket: 10.25.13

    * Trouble in paradise, so soon? The proposed merger between Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge has been delayed. McKenna has postponed its partnership vote, and Dentons says no partnership vote was ever planned. [Daily Report]

    * Wherein a firm fails to Latham an ex-employee’s baby mama drama: a legal secretary who was allegedly told her pregnancy complications “were not [the director of HR’s] problem” will see her case against L&W move forward. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * You know that relations have grown bitter between opposing counsel when attorneys from one firm refer to lawyers from the other as “Monday Morning Quarterbacks.” The legal fee dispute in the BARBRI antitrust case rages on at the Ninth Circuit. [National Law Journal]

    * Paging ProudCooleyGrad: Kurzon Strauss, the firm that sued Cooley Law over its allegedly deceptive job stats, is trying to get records unsealed in the school’s defamation case that’s now on appeal. [MLive.com]

    * Convicted murderer and jailhouse hottie Jodi Arias is accepting donations for her appeals fund. It could be worth your while — if you donate enough, maybe she’ll consider turning you into her next victim. [HLN TV]

    3 Comments / / Oct 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • internet troll

    Banking Law, Drugs, Environment / Environmental Law, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.24.13

    * Parties in the greenhouse gas cases before SCOTUS have agreed to trim the number and length of their briefs to reduce the number of times “go f@ck yourself and die” is written. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * The latest patent reform bill up for debate promises that it will put an end to the trolls by forcing them to do more work before filing suit. If only it were that easy to keep the trolls at bay. [National Law Journal]

    * Do the hustle, and blame it on Becca! A jury has found that Bank of America is liable for selling defective mortgages, and the potential penalty could be up to $848 million. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Since the law was puff, puff, passed, lawyers in Washington State have politely asked their Supreme Court if and when they’ll allowed to smoke weed and represent clients that sell it. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Class certification in the Alaburda v. TJSL lawsuit over allegedly deceptive employment statistics has officially been denied. We guess that all good things must come to an anticlimactic end. [ABA Journal]

    * Another law school gets it: the U. of St. Thomas will its freeze tuition at the low, low price of $36,843, allowing students to pay a flat fee for all three years of education. [Campus Confidential / Star Tribune]

    * If you’d like to ace your law school interviews (which apparently are a thing these days), it helps if your personality doesn’t inspire ritualistic seppuku. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Michael Skakel, the Kennedy cousin convicted of killing, was granted a new trial due to ineffective assistance of counsel. Getting away with murder? Aww, welcome to the family, Mike! [Washington Post]

    3 Comments / / Oct 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • NFL on CBS RF

    Television, Time Warner

    Instead Of A Class Action, Could We Just Get Dexter To ‘Handle’ The Time Warner/CBS Dispute?

    Could somebody help me get this Showtime charge off my Time Warner Cable bill?

    69 Comments / / Aug 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

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