Defamation

  • Semi automatic handgun and pistol cartridges

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.15

    * Judge James Bascue, formerly of the Los Angeles Superior Court, was arrested after an armed standoff with police. [LA Daily News]

    * In the same vein as Elie’s piece on the financial costs of leaving the law, here’s a talk about the status hit you take leaving your profession. [Escape the City]

    * Is it possible for law school to be a breeding ground for social justice warriors? [Law at the Margins]

    * Could Gawker media be the biggest victory of Hulk Hogan’s career? [Capital New York]

    * The Supreme Court agreed to hear Shapiro v. Mack, regarding the proper role of three-judge district courts, which is a much bigger deal than it might seem. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * He’s been trying to get you to pay attention to the importance of knowing your client for years. Maybe some out-of-context cheesecake will help. [What About Clients?]

    * Today is Loving Day — the 45th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia — the day when the entire country laments the erosion of states’ rights… or something like that. [Slate]

    14 Comments / / Jun 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM
  • Alecia and Andrew Schmuhl

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.14.15

    * Andrew and Alecia Schmuhl, the husband-and-wife lawyer duo accused of treating a law firm managing partner and his wife to a “torture session,” had a hearing this week where it was revealed that Andrew allegedly slit the managing partner’s throat. [Washington Post]

    * ‘We’re asking you to choose life. Yes, even for the Boston Marathon bomber.” Jurors began deliberating in the death penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial late yesterday afternoon. It’s worth noting that the last time someone was executed in Massachusetts was 70 years ago. [Boston Globe]

    * “Explaining these persistent gender disparities in income … has proven to be much more difficult than simply identifying them.” Per a study conducted by Harvard Law, the wage gap for women in the law has been growing since 1975. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * The deadly Amtrak derailment hit too close to home for attorneys in the Northeast who travel frequently on the Acela line. In fact, some of our best tips have come from Acela trips. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the crash. [National Law Journal]

    * A sexy little spat: Dov Charney, the ex-CEO of American Apparel, filed a $20M defamation suit against the company, claiming that despite what employees were told, he never agreed that he’d stay away from American Apparel for good. [Los Angeles Times]

    7 Comments / / May 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Die Judge Ransom Font

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.13.15

    * According to a recent survey conducted by Altman Weil, Biglaw managing partners and chairs say that overcapacity and a lack of work for their partners is putting a dent in their overall profitability. Please don’t take the easy way out here — the weather is way too nice for layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * Beverly Cochran, the wife of Judge Edward Najam of the Indiana Court of Appeals, was charged with obstruction and false reporting after allegedly carving “die judge” on their front door in the hope that her son-in-law would be arrested. [WBIW via ABA Journal]

    * When Harvard Law alums say their business education “was a joke,” you know you’ve got a problem. Law schools are finally coming around to the fact that their graduates don’t have a clue about business, and some of them are trying to fix that. [Bloomberg Business]

    * Nicole Eramo, UVA’s associate dean of students, has filed a $7.5 million defamation suit against Rolling Stone for tarring and feathering her in the magazine’s now discredited campus rape story. She’s also upset this “unflattering” photo was published. [CNNMoney]

    * Say aloha to admission to the University of Hawaii School of Law without an LSAT score. We figure that a few more schools will decide to try this program out since the ABA recently indicated its regrets about introducing the initiative in the first place. [KHON2]

    32 Comments / / May 13, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • Mad-men-title-card

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.07.15

    * For Mad Men fans: Have you wondered how the show is getting away with making real-life ad agency McCann Erickson sound like a hellhole? [The Legal Artist]

    * The hell? An aide to California AG Kamala Harris was arrested for serving as “chief deputy director” of a rogue police department. That claims to be descended from the Knights Templar. And run by the Freemasons. The conspiracy is real, my friends. [Slate]

    * Catholic priest dubbed “Monsignor Meth” sentenced to 5 years for running a drug ring. This may be an obvious point, but in the grand scheme of “crimes committed by Roman Catholic priests” this really isn’t so bad. Unless kids were paying for meth the way… well, they sometimes pay for meth. [NBC Connecticut]

    * A prickly question: should you buy your assistant a wedding gift even if you’re not invited? Assuming you still have your own assistant — looking in your direction, Proskauer. [Corporette]

    * Nobody wants to throw children to the wolves, but current child support laws are less about helping kids and more about throwing poor parents in jail when they can’t afford to pay money they don’t have. [LFC 360]

    * The Goebbels estate is seeking royalties for biographies about the Nazi propagandist, giving new meaning to the term “IP Troll.” [Inside Higher Ed]

    * Fascinating. All the cool stuff you can do now that the U.S. Code is published as structured data. If you like your statutes in cool graphs, this is for you. [Concurring Opinions]

    * RIP Richard Bartlett, who helped bring the New York courts into unity. He was 89. [New York Law Journal]

    11 Comments / / May 7, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • Free speech restrict USE

    Defamation, Politics

    New Nevada Bill Is A SLAPP In The Face Of Free Speech

    Why is a bill that nearly everyone hates gaining steam in the legislature?

    8 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM
  • law_school LF

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.08.15

    * “Take it from me, dealing with the complex criminal legal system can be difficult and intimidating for most people.” This ex-Troutman Sanders partner may be facing nine felony charges, but who cares? He’s starting his own firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * It’s kind of cute when law school deans lie to themselves to make themselves feel better. For example, the dean of Oregon Law says now is “excellent” time go to go law school, and he doesn’t make decisions “based on what moves the rankings needle.” [Daily Emerald]

    * Per the latest Altman Weil survey, the first quarter of 2015 was one of the best ever for law firm mergers. The pace with which law firms merged was the second-quickest since the company started tracking mergers to begin with in 2007. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved of the proposed merger between Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden Law. Now they just have to wait for the ABA’s rubber stamp, which they’ll obviously get — the ABA would rubber stamp a shoe. [NJ Advance Media]

    * “[T]he law is a noble profession – but it’s also an oversubscribed one, due in large part to excessive federal lending.” Maybe if the government stopped handing out student loans like candy, law schools would be forced to lower their tuition rates. [Washington Post]

    * The University of Virginia’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is definitely going to try to sue Rolling Stone over its fraternity gang-rape story, but the question is whether “bad journalism [will] amount to legal liability.” What do you think about this? [WSJ Law Blog]

    89 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.05.15

    * Lindsay Lohan and her mom are suing Fox News with claims the TV network defamed them by saying “Lindsay Lohan’s mom is doing cocaine with her.” Legal experts are of the opinion the Lohans must be doing lines if they think they’ll win. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * A prospective juror in the Colorado movie theater massacre case was released after telling a judge she brought her unvaccinated grandchild to court and ripping her hair out. Well, that’s one way to get out of jury duty. [Aurora Sentinel]

    * Justice Elena Kagan says that if she hadn’t left her Harvard Law deanship to become solicitor general, she “[doesn’t] think [she] would be doing law, quite honestly.” The Supreme jurist says that “[i]t shows you how weird life can be.” [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Lawyers in New York are worried that if the state adopts the Uniform Bar Exam, the “gold standard” of having passed the tougher version of the New York exam will be devalued. Aww, sorry about your butthurt. Get well soon. [New York Law Journal]

    * Fresh off an 18-month tour of racking up insider trading convictions as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Richard Tarlowe will join Paul Weiss to focus on white-collar criminal defense. Best of luck. [DealBook / New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Feb 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • Surfing the internet for pornography

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.07.15

    * Alan Dershowitz vowed to sue the lawyers who alleged he took part in a sex scandal for defamation, but it looks like he was too slow — they sued him for defamation first. The Dersh, however, seemed pleased as punch by the news: “This makes my day.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Illinois passed some of the toughest anti-revenge-porn legislation the country has seen to date. With possible jail time and huge fines, maybe people will be inspired to be decent human beings… but we doubt it. [International Business Times]

    * Welcome to 2015: In what’s being called the “running of the laterals,” many Biglaw partners and associates are making their moves and taking their practices to different firms and businesses. We hope everyone collected their bonuses! [Am Law Daily]

    * You may be “troubled by a program where people at the bottom pay for the people at the top,” but it’s happening at law schools across the country. Students with low LSAT scores are subsidizing their classmates’ education. [National Law Journal]

    * Meanwhile, getting into law school with lower LSAT scores is easier than it’s ever been before. From 2010 to 2013, nearly all of the nation’s Top 20 law schools admitted students with lower test scores. Thank them for paying your tuition. [Businessweek]

    36 Comments / / Jan 7, 2015 at 8:54 AM
  • ambulance

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.02.15

    * Nice try. Woman tries to add insurance coverage from the ambulance after the crash. [Legal Juice]

    * Charles Pierce is a great writer. Not that keen at sports prognostication, though. I’ll let Urban Meyer respond to Pierce’s prediction of a “whopping win” by Florida State. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * You’ve seen our 10 most read stories of the year. Check out the top 10 from our friends across the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    * “Conservatism and porn.” OK, Professor Nita Farahany. You know how to get the attention of Above the Law. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * “NEW YORK POLICE SHOOTING ATTORNEYS.” Perhaps not the most lucid headline. [Sullivan Papain]

    * Writing a blog post about a judge’s on-the-record comments is not defamation. Unfortunately we actually needed a ruling on that one. [New York Law Journal]

    * Are you at AALS? Here’s a Happy Hour for you! [Concurring Opinions]

    8 Comments / / Jan 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM
  • angry guy at keyboard LF

    Defamation, Lunacy, Pro Se Litigants

    Unhinged Pro Se Filing Of The Day

    Seriously, you just need to read this guy’s rant to the judge right now.

    80 Comments / / Oct 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM
  • gagged woman LF2

    Celebrities, Contracts, Defamation, Fat People, Free Speech, Weirdness

    A Case That Will Make You Want To Gag

    Can the maker of a product use contract law to shut up its users?

    18 Comments / / Oct 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM
  • Anna Nicole Smith back to SCOTUS Supreme Court

    Anna Nicole Smith, Defamation, Football, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.20.14

    * Anna Nicole Smith’s estate finally loses its effort to secure a piece of her late husband’s estate. This whole thing was like Bleak House with boobs. [Jezebel]

    * Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Virginia. So there you go. [ABC News]

    * Our old friend the Affluenza kid is back in the news, but this time he’s only a footnote to the story. His father, the one who spoiled him so badly he couldn’t help himself but kill a bunch of people, has been arrested for impersonating a cop. Maybe affluenza is contagious.

    * The preliminary draft of the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure are available for public comment! So what are you still doing here? [U.S. Courts]

    * Lawyer posts a bounty available to anyone who can help him collect on the multi-million dollar judgments he’s secured against a pilfering billionaire. “I’ve spent enough money getting judgments.” Enter Dog the Judgement Bounty Hunter. Go with Christ, Brah.[Forbes]

    * Adam Carolla has settled with the patent troll who was suing him claiming they invented the podcast. Details weren’t disclosed, but since Carolla had previously said he wouldn’t settle for any amount of money, I wonder how they sweetened the pot. [USAToday]

    * Suspended Notre Dame athletes reportedly considering a lawsuit against journalists who named them as suspects in a cheating scandal. Even though the school itself named them. If the classes they supposedly took were “Pre-Law” or “Basics of Defamation,” then I think the NCAA has a slam dunk case. [FoxSports]

    * The extracurriculars that help you get into law school. Debate’s still on there even if the description — at least of the form of debate most Americans practice — sounds more like what a high school drama thinks of debate instead of reality. Less extemporaneous speaking and more “massive, in-depth research and a developing a mastery of electronic research databases.” [InGenius Prep]

    * The lingering lawsuit over one of the most devastating hockey hits in recent memory has finally settled. The parties agreed to 5 minutes for fighting and a game misconduct. [ESPN]

    0 Comments / / Aug 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Grumpy old judge ruling during a trial in his courtroom

    Defamation, Law Professors, Law Schools, Rape, State Judges

    Law Prof Sez: State Judges Have Contempt For Smart Guys Like Me

    Who Has Two Thumbs And Thinks The Judicial System Is Out To Get Him? This Professor!

    29 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM
  • Juan Monteverde and Alexandra Marchuk

    Boutique Law Firms, Defamation, Labor / Employment, Partner Issues, Plaintiffs Firms, Sex, Sex Scandals, Small Law Firms, Women's Issues

    Alexandra Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi: Bad News For The Defendants

    What two blows have just been dealt to Juan Monteverde and Faruqi & Faruqi in this salacious litigation?

    12 Comments / / Jul 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM
  • Casey Anthony

    Baseball, Biglaw, Defamation, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Madonna, Morning Docket, Murder, Privacy, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.08.14

    * Squire Patton Boggs has announced the new leadership structure of its lobbying and public policy practice. It’s really no surprise that the head honchos of the group hail from the Patton Boggs side of the recent merger. [Politico]

    * “It’s funny how the Supreme Court reaches down and picks this case.” The most important digital privacy case of our time just happened to be filed by Stanford Law’s SCOTUS Litigation Clinic. Awesome. [San Jose Mercury News]

    * If you’re caught on camera sleeping during a Yankees/Red Sox game, you can probably expect abuse from ESPN announcers. If you call someone an “unintelligent fatty” as an announcer, you can probably expect a $10M defamation suit. [New York Post]

    * “I’m proud to do my job.” Madonna finally rescheduled her jury duty session in New York City, but she was dismissed early so as not to create a “further distraction for the courthouse.” [New York Daily News]

    * It’s been three years since Casey Anthony was acquitted of her daughter’s murder. Let us remember this most amazing voicemail: “CASEY ANTHONY NEEDS TO ROT IN HELL! SHE NEEDS TO DIE!” [CNN]

    11 Comments / / Jul 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Actress_Lindsay_Lohan-RF

    Celebrities, Defamation, Technology, Video games

    Lindsay Lohan Moves Forward With Lawsuit Against GTA V

    Lindsay’s back and making a fool out of herself in court again.

    18 Comments / / Jul 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Defamation, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Trials, Video games

    Morning Docket: 07.03.14

    * Law firm mergers are on a record-setting pace, with 39 thus far in 2014. Just one “megamerger” was announced in the second quarter (Patton Boggs / Squire Sanders), but hey, we still have half the year ahead of us. [Am Law Daily]

    * It hasn’t been a good week for the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition to all of its enrollment woes, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of its defamation suit against Team Strauss/Anziska. [National Law Journal]

    * The doctors who spent the month of June evaluating Oscar Pistorius’s mental health found that he was depressed and posed a potential suicide risk. You’d feel the same if you were facing jail time. [CNN]

    * Walgreens will give $180,000 to an ex-employee with diabetes as a settlement after the store fired her for eating a $1.39 bag of chips before paying to fend off a low blood sugar attack. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games over an alleged character likeness in Grand Theft Auto V. To be fair, the character does kind of look like LiLo circa her “Mean Girls” days. [International Business Times]

    2 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • cooley blue

    Defamation, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.01.14

    * You may have missed this because you were busy lamenting yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions, so here are just a few of the high-profile cases for which the high court refused to grant cert. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A judge tossed a defamation suit filed against Cooley Law by the original law school litigation dream team. That’s too bad, it would’ve been interesting watch the trial. [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman lost his defamation suit against NBC. As it turns out, the network didn’t need to edit those phone calls to make it seem like the acquitted artist was racist. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Listen, if you really feel like you need include an addendum to your law school application, you should try not to use too much flowery bullshit to explain away each of your misdoings and missteps. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S News & World Report]

    * Unfortunately, things aren’t exactly getting much better for women in Silicon Valley. A former vice president over at Tinder alleges that the company’s CEO called her a “whore” at a party. Eww! [Reuters]

    5 Comments / / Jul 1, 2014 at 9:11 AM