Class Actions

  • Facebook-stock-IPO-crash

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dreier, Facebook, John Edwards, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.23.12

    * When Dewey need to hire our own lawyers? Now would be good. As D&L leaders mull bankruptcy options, more than 50 former partners are expected to hire Mark Zauderer to defend them against potential clawback claims. [New York Law Journal]

    * Day three of jury deliberations in the John Edwards campaign finance trial came and went without a verdict. The former presidential candidate must be wishing that he hadn’t came and went, because then there wouldn’t be a trial at all. [ABC News]

    * Yet another law firm is walking away scot-free from the Dreier drama without losing a single dime. Ruskin Moscou Faltischek was able to get Fortress Investment Group’s case tossed on appeal. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * A Facebook investor has sued NASDAQ, claiming that the stock exchange bungled the social networking site’s IPO. With FB’s stock price dropping as we speak, he’s seeking class-action status. Like. [Bloomberg]

    * Nafissatou Diallo amended her civil suit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn to include a claim alleging his “animus towards women.” Really, she just wants to introduce evidence of DSK’s sordid sexual past. [Reuters]

    5 Comments / / May 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerberg

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, California, Canada, Celebrities, Facebook, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Law Schools, Privacy, Screw-Ups, Sex, Sex Scandals, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 05.21.12

    * With more allegations of misconduct revealed, the Canadian Judicial Council met to discuss Justice Lori Douglas’s sex scandal inquiry. Unlike her legs in her nude picture spread, this media circus will likely close in July. [Winnipeg Free Press]

    * “I want to apologize. Obviously, mistakes were made.” Admitting you’ve got a problem is just the first step. Greenberg Traurig’s executive director apologized for the Biglaw firm’s apparent screw-ups in a Rothstein-related trial. [Miami Herald]

    * Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng will be enrolling at NYU Law School on a fellowship. The administration is giving him a ritzy faculty apartment that comes complete with a kitchen full of Chinese food. He already knows how to eat like a law student. [New York Times]

    * Facebook is being sued in an amended consolidated class-action complaint for $15B over privacy issues, but Mark Zuckerberg was too busy getting married to Priscilla Chan to let it bother him. [Bloomberg]

    * “What [the f**k] comes next?” That’s what law school grads asked themselves when their commencement speakers tried to slap on a happy face and speak positively about the job market. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    * But perhaps future law school grads will be able to find jobs more easily thanks to class offerings geared toward in-house counsel lawyering skills. Keep on dreaming that impossible dream. [Washington Post]

    * How does a small-time DUI attorney from California go from being an unknown to being a household name overnight? By filing a lawsuit filled with tawdry allegations against actor John Travolta. [Los Angeles Times]

    3 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • Mmm... shoe porn.

    Biglaw, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Food, John Edwards, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Shoes, Trademarks, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.01.12

    * Dewey really need to keep coming up with punny headlines about D&L’s painful probe? Pass the lube, ’cause you better believe we dew! Steven Davis, the firm’s former chairman, has hired Barry Bohrer, a white-collar criminal lawyer. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Of course all of that money for my baby mama is legal. I… uh… checked with my lawyers. Um, yeah. Just get the money in.” Cheri Young gave some pretty damning testimony yesterday during the John Edwards campaign-finance violations trial. [CNN]

    * As if you didn’t have enough to worry about during finals, Law School Transparency has come out with a new clearinghouse that includes employment outcomes, salaries, and student debt loads. [National Law Journal]

    * “I do not own a color. I own a specific color in a specific place.” Christian Louboutin was seeing red when he responded to interview questions over his trademark infringement suit against Yves Saint Laurent. [Fox News]

    * Remember that Nutella class action suit? Ferrero settled, and you can cash in if you bought their delicious hazelnut crack during the relevant time period. Needless to say, they owe me $20. [American Thinker]

    * Richard Bellman, the lawyer behind New Jersey’s “Mount Laurel doctrine,” RIP. [New York Times]

    11 Comments / / May 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • Ladies, Ryan Gosling feels your pain.

    Goldman Sachs, Non-Sequiturs, Reality TV, Religion, Tax Law, Travel / Vacation

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.17.12

    * Apparently, it is illegal to father a second illegitimate child in Mississippi. I guess the first one is a freebie or a Mulligan, or whatever. If for some reason I ever have a personal need to know this tidbit, please shoot me in the face immediately. [Legal Juice]

    * A class-action lawsuit will be filed tomorrow against the producers of The Bachelor, alleging race discrimination. I’m more concerned about the show’s overall crimes against good taste. (Zing!) [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Just like a certain Biglaw firm, Goldman Sachs is dealing with a large number of partner defections. Goldman has a pretty good PR spin though: jumping ship is actually a sign of loyalty to the company. Right, just like the crew of the Titanic. [Dealbreaker]

    * Today is #EqualPayDay. If you’re like me and didn’t know what that means, all you need to know is that the fairer sex is still not paid as much as big dumb oafs like myself. If you want to do something to fix this, Ms. JD has some ideas. [Ms. JD]

    * Bigotry and prejudice are never okay. UNLESS you want to hate on a new-ish (yet exceedingly popular) religion that is also conveniently in opposition to your liberal political motives. In that case, right this way, sir… [Instapundit]

    * If you don’t pay your taxes, the government wants to be able to take away your passport. So, hypothetically, if I were planning to flee the U.S. for, say, Spain, to avoid paying my taxes… I should leave, well, now. Umm, IwillseeyoulaterIhavetorunOKbye. [The Atlantic]

    4 Comments / / Apr 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM
  • money mouse trap

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Small Law Firms, UVA Law

    Morning Docket: 03.28.12

    * Obamacare’s individual mandate may be in jeopardy, and it’s all because of that stupid broccoli debate. No, Scalia, as delicious as it is, not everyone would have to buy broccoli. [New York Times]

    * Biglaw firms aren’t going away, but thanks to the recent onslaught of partner defections to small law firms, their high hourly rates might soon be going the way of the dodo. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The “good” news: Northwestern Law will be limiting its tuition hike to the rate of inflation. The bad news: next year, it will cost $53,168 to attend. I officially don’t want to live on this planet anymore. [National Law Journal]

    * A Littler Mendelson partner is recovering from a stabbing that occurred during a home invasion. On the bright side, at least he’s not a partner at Dewey — that’s a fate worse than being stabbed these days. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school applicants are dropping like flies, but some law schools were able to attract record numbers of students. UVA Law must have some real expertise in recruiting collar poppers. [The Short List / U.S. News]

    * “I have a suggestion for you; next time, keep your [expletive] legs closed.” O Canada, that’s the basis of one crazy class action suit, eh? Dudley Do-Right would never treat a female Mountie like that. [Globe and Mail]

    9 Comments / / Mar 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • newyorklaw logo

    American Bar Association / ABA, Law Schools, Plaintiffs Firms

    BREAKING: Class Action Lawsuit Against New York Law School Dismissed

    The class action lawsuit filed by Team Strauss/Anziska against New York Law School over its allegedly deceptive employment statistics has been dismissed.

    136 Comments / / Mar 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM
  • ClassActionGavel

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cardozo Law School, Law Schools

    Breaking: Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Motion to Dismiss DENIED — And Twenty More Law Schools to Be Sued

    Today, the lawyers leading the law school litigation squad announced that they are planning to target 20 more law schools for class action lawsuits over their allegedly deceptive post-graduation employment statistics. This time around, you may be surprised by some of the law schools that appear on their list….

    111 Comments / / Mar 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM
  • law school lawsuits

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Plaintiffs Firms, Student Loans, Unemployment

    The Latest News in the Law School Lawsuits

    The litigation against law schools made the front page of Metro, New York’s big commuter paper, this morning. What’s the latest news?

    36 Comments / / Mar 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM
  • Jesse Strauss

    Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

    Jesse Strauss, one of the lawyers behind the class action law school lawsuits, was recently interviewed by New York Magazine. What did he have to say about the growing movement and the year of law school litigation?

    9 Comments / / Mar 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM
  • muffins nasty muffins

    Job Searches, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: More Like Week-Old Muffins?

    Are the lawsuits against law schools over allegedly misleading employment data going to succeed? Some law professors opine on this question.

    28 Comments / / Feb 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM
  • booksLegalResearch

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Jed Rakoff, Legal Research, Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw

    Lawyers Sue Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis for Copyright Infringement

    Where would lawyers be without open (and absurdly expensive) access to Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis for legal research? They’d have to trudge down to the closest law library and read real books made of paper. They’d have to head over to the courthouse and pull actual files with non-electronic documents inside of them. In a time where legal texts are used solely for decorative bookshelf purposes, that is just too much to ask. But that is the behavior that two lawyers would expect of their professional colleagues. Do they have any chance of winning their class action copyright suit?

    245 Comments / / Feb 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM
  • Law School Lawsuits

    Bloomberg, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Twenty Additional Law School Class Action Suits Are in the Works; Is Your School One of Them?

    David Anziska vowed to make 2012 the “year of law school litigation.” Anziska told us that Team Strauss/Anziska’s strategy going forward would be to sue as many law schools as possible in the first half of 2012. How’s that working out for them? Anziska recently sat down with Bloomberg Law for an on-air interview where he revealed some noteworthy information about the next wave of law school lawsuits. The most relevant piece of information? Twenty more law school class action suits are coming down the pipeline. Which schools will be named as defendants?

    69 Comments / / Feb 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM
  • gavel small

    American Bar Association / ABA, John Marshall Law School, Law Schools

    Twelve More Law Schools Slapped with Class Action Lawsuits Over Employment Data

    Back in October, we informed our readers that law school litigators Jesse Strauss and David Anziska intended to file class action lawsuits against 15 additional schools, on top of the two they’d already filed against Cooley Law and New York Law School. In mid-December, we brought you an update on the status of those potential filings after Anziska told us that at least three named plaintiffs had been secured for 11 out of the 15 law schools on October’s target list. And now, about a month and a half later, have we got some news for you….

    80 Comments / / Feb 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM
  • Privacy, Shoes, Technology, Texas

    Zappos Suffers a Data Breach, and the Other Shoe Drops with a Lawsuit

    On Monday, my roommate came home griping that his Zappos.com account, which he had not used in a year, had been hacked. Instead of feeling sympathetic, I started wondering how I might write about it. Data breaches are a dime a dozen these days. It seems almost every company loses control of their customers’ sensitive […]

    19 Comments / / Jan 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM
  • Books, Constitutional Law, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Litigators

    Inside Straight: Torpedoing Class Actions

    In 2009, Professor Martin H. Redish of Northwestern Law School published a book arguing that class actions are in large part unconstitutional: Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit (Stanford Univ. Press 2009). Where is the practicing bar? I understand that nobody reads law review articles or books published by […]

    32 Comments / / Jan 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM
  • American Bar Association ABA logo small

    American Bar Association / ABA, Job Searches, Law Schools, Student Loans, Unemployment

    The ABA Thinks It’s Your Own Fault If You’re Poor and Unemployed

    William Robinson, the newly appointed president of the American Bar Association, is taking a stand on the status quo of legal education in our country. But instead calling for reform, Robinson is defending the ABA’s role, stating that young lawyers “should have known what they were getting into.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that the man in charge of the ABA is essentially playing the “blame the victim” card when it comes to debt-saddled and unemployed law school graduates?

    104 Comments / / Jan 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM
  • California, Cars

    Former Attorney Sues Honda… in Small Claims Court

    A former attorney in Los Angeles is unsatisfied with her Honda Civic hybrid’s gas mileage. It seems her supposedly high-efficiency car was emitting more smog than smug. A class action lawsuit against the auto manufacturer probably won’t give her the relief she wants. So she is taking on Honda in an unusual judicial venue and hoping to remove lawyers from the equation….

    19 Comments / / Jan 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM
  • American Bar Association / ABA, John Marshall Law School, Law Schools

    Calling All Disgruntled Law School Graduates: Will You Ring in the New Year By Suing Your School?

    Back in October, we brought you the news that Jesse Strauss and David Anziska intended to sue 15 more law schools over their post-graduate employment rates, in addition to their already pending class action suits against Cooley Law and New York Law School. As mentioned during their October 5 media conference, Team Strauss/Anziska will not […]

    49 Comments / / Dec 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM