Defamation

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    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Defamation, Drugs, Eric Holder, Football, Intellectual Property, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Privacy, Prostitution, Sports, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.12.13

    * Whitey Bulger was convicted on 31 of the 32 counts he faced. [NBC News]

    * Eric Holder announced that the federal government will stop charging certain drug offenders with crimes that carry draconian mandatory minimum sentences. Apparently, he just now realized the prison system is riddled with non-violent offenders. The last horses are finally crossing the finish line, folks! [Washington Post]

    * Johnny Manziel has hired counsel for his upcoming NCAA probe. Surprise, surprise, it’s Champ Kind from Anchorman. [Jim Darnell]

    * As a follow-up, the lawyer who filed suit against his ex-wife for bad mothering is facing ethics charges in an unrelated matter where he wrote a will giving his own kids 40 percent of his client’s estate. It take something special to try and slip that one past the goalie. [ABA Journal]

    * The former escort behind the nom de plume Belle de Jour, whose exploits gave rise to a TV show, is being sued for defamation by an old boyfriend who claims her sexploits are a lie. If you can’t trust a detailed diary of sexual experiences, what can you trust? [Jezebel]

    * Here are the top energy law priorities facing Congress after they return from summer recess. Repealing Obamacare, Congress’s only priority, is not an energy policy. [Breaking Energy]

    * For IP attorney LOLZ, here’s a fun Tumblr. [IP Attorney]

    * A law student at Wisconsin has developed a system that allows easy stalking of someone’s smartphone. While this makes him sound like a jerk, his intention is to prove how unacceptable this lack of privacy really is. It’s not stalking if it’s proving a point! [Ars Technica]

    * The Sixth Circuit thinks the emergency manager law in Michigan may violate the state’s constitution. This could throw the whole Detroit bankruptcy into doubt. There’s a lot of talk about how this could help city pensioners, but let’s focus on the victims it could cause — what would happen to Jones Day’s billings? [Constitutional Law Prof Blog]

    8 Comments / / Aug 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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    3rd Circuit, Biglaw, Civil Rights, Deaths, Defamation, Drinking, Education / Schools, Health Care / Medicine, Job Searches, Law Reviews, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Nude Dancing, Parties, Politics, Rape, Religion, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Williams Mullen, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.05.13

    * When it comes to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, corporate personhood only goes so far. Religious freedoms apply to human beings, not their businesses, and the Third Circuit agrees. [New York Times]

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector added 2,800 jobs in July after major losses in the two months prior. We’re sure that the eleventy billion members of the class of 2013 will be very pleased. [Am Law Daily]

    * Not a Nigerian scam: Biglaw firms in Washington, D.C. — like Covington & Burling, Greenberg Traurig, and Williams Mullen — are busy chasing business in Africa. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * A New Jersey municipal judge faces ethics charges due to his “extra-judicial activities” with an exotic dancer. It seems she appeared before him in his courtroom and in his bed. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * Tawana Brawley, the woman who dragged a New York prosecutor into an elaborate rape hoax (complete with race-baiting), is finally making payments on a defamation verdict. [New York Post]

    * “Either I’m a stupid lawyer, or I’m stupid for thinking the court will enforce the rights of guys.” Former Cravath attorney and men’s rights advocate Roy Den Hollander is at it again. [New York Daily News]

    * Morehouse College will be the fifth undergraduate school in the nation to publish a law journal. This is basically a case study in what it means to begin law school gunning while in college. [Daily Report]

    * Things are pretty dire for New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Not even “that [law grad] who takes pictures of himself in his underwear in the mirror” would vote for him. [Delaware News Journal]

    * Julius Chambers, famous civil rights lawyer and former leader of the NAACP LDF, RIP. [NBC News]

    0 Comments / / Aug 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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    Book Deals, Books, Defamation, General Counsel, Health Care / Medicine, In-House Counsel, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.13

    * The role of lawyers in America’s Syrian policy. Everyone always tries to throw the lawyers under the bus. [Lawfare]

    * Pippa Middleton has some lawyers trying to crack down on a parody Twitter account. Thankfully, the law exists to protect wealthy socialites from being mocked. [IT-Lex]

    * GCs are not happy with the rates charged by outside counsel. I, for one, am shocked that GCs don’t like paying upwards of $1000/hour for “further work.” [Consero]

    * Honestly, we should have seen this coming: a Zimmerman juror already signed a book deal. This is the juror who assumed black people had rioted over the shooting and called Trayvon a “boy of color,” so you can tell the prosecution was doing a bang-up job with its jury selection procedures. [AlterNet]

    * Conservatives rejoice after several unions complain about Obamacare. Oh, the irony! Except the unions’ complaint is not that Obamacare is bad, but that it doesn’t go far enough in providing incentives to non-profit insurance plans and penalizing companies that are cutting back on hours to avoid the law. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The Top 50 Legal Innovators, Techies, Visionaries, and Leaders. And we at ATL were snubbed again. [FastCase via TaxProf Blog]

    * After the jump, a short video about . I understand that people are miffed that the most recent film version of Superman takes a laissez-faire view of saving lives, but Superman’s always been a dick…

    3 Comments / / Jul 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Target: No, just no.

    Allen & Overy, Biglaw, Defamation, Federal Judges, Magic Circle, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, Trials, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 07.11.13

    * Thanks to the slow transactional markets in Western Europe, Magic Circle firms like Allen & Overy, Linklaters, and Clifford Chance are struggling to pull a rabbit out of a hat in terms of gross revenue and profits. [Am Law Daily]

    * If at first you don’t succeed because of John Ashcroft, try, try again. Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White is once again being considered for the federal bench in St. Louis. Good luck! [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    * In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to murder charges. He’s looking at life in prison or the death penalty. [Bloomberg]

    * Target, if you’re wondering why you’re getting sued, it’s because of this alleged memo explaining that not all Hispanic employees eat tacos, dance to salsa, and wear sombreros. [Huffington Post]

    * “Please don’t be hung” is a solemn prayer that’s only useful to a woman whose case is on re-trial. Ex-Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones’s defamation suit was sent to the jury. [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Jul 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • Sarah Jones

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, D.C. Circuit, Defamation, Department of Justice, Insurance, Job Searches, Law Firm Mergers, Morning Docket, Plaintiffs Firms

    Morning Docket: 07.09.13

    * Akin Gump partner Patricia Millett is willing to take a whopping pay cut to serve on the D.C. Circuit — from $1MM to $184K — and for that alone she should be confirmed ASAP. [National Law Journal]

    * With the number of law firm mergers in the last six months alone, we’re on a “potentially record-setting pace” for 2013. Hey, look at it this way: it’s cheaper than hiring and firing laterals. [Am Law Daily]

    * Three years later, the epic litigation between Debevoise & Plimpton and a former client continues to rage on. Now, allegations are being tossed around about a partner’s behavior. [New York Law Journal]

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in June, the legal industry lost more jobs than it has in a single month since June 2011. Congrats, Class of 2013! welcome to the real world. [Am Law Daily]

    * In its defense, Standard & Poor’s claims its ratings were puffery, and that no reasonable investor would rely on them. Aww, poor widdle “sophisticated consumers of [investment information].” [Bloomberg]

    * For those of you practicing personal injury law in New York, this case is a bombshell. If you want to put the whole insurance industry on trial, follow the action here. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * Sarah Jones, the ex-cheerleader who sued TheDirty.com for defamation, was back in federal court yesterday for the beginning of her case’s retrial. What a way to start an engagement. [ABC News]

    2 Comments / / Jul 9, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • B for Beauty, Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Defamation, Donald Trump, Education / Schools, Holidays and Seasons, Lawsuit of the Day, Layoffs, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Rudeness, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 07.05.13

    Ed. note: We hope that you had a great July 4th — and that you’re enjoying a four-day weekend. But if you’re at work today and looking for diversion, check us early and often — we will be posting today (although on a reduced publication schedule).

    * Lawyer of the Day Long Weekend: Christopher Kirby, who reportedly launched a profanity-laced tirade at the mother of a special-education student during a school board meeting. Stay classy, Chris. [New York Daily News]

    * Speaking of classy, if you make Donald Trump look good, you’re doing it wrong. The $5 million arbitration award against former beauty queen Sheena Monnin just got upheld by Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.). [New York Law Journal]

    * Have you been injured in an accident? Call a New York State legislator, who might be earning a six-figure income by moonlighting at a personal-injury firm. [New York Times]

    * Who doesn’t love rule by lawyers? Adli Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, takes over as the nation’s interim leader. [New York Times]

    * Nationwide layoff watch: Dickstein dismisses seven partners in New York. [WestlawNext Practitioner Insights (sub. req.)]

    * If you’re feeling the heat in D.C. these days, lawyer turned ice cream entrepreneur Victoria Lai can help. [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Jul 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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    Defamation, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Texas

    Ousted Dean Might Sue Former Boss for Defamation

    University regent talks smack about ousted dean. Ousted dean does not take kindly to those comments.

    11 Comments / / Jun 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM
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    Boalt Hall, California, Defamation, Drugs, Media and Journalism

    Husband and Wife Lawyer Duo Once Accused of Planting Drugs Now Suing For Defamation

    This prestigious pair had their criminal charges dismissed, and now they’re mad as hell…

    13 Comments / / Jun 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM
  • Sri_Srinavasan

    D.C. Circuit, Defamation, Education / Schools, India, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sex

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.23.13

    * Congratulations to Sri Srinivasan on his unanimous confirmation to the D.C. Circuit. Fun Fact: Sri Srinivasan played high school basketball on the same team as Danny Manning. No joke there, it’s just a random fun fact I know about him. [USA Today] * Should health care cover sex for people with disabilities? Sure, but […]

    2 Comments / / May 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM
  • This_one-RF

    American Bar Association / ABA, Defamation, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Wake Forest Lawsuit Follow-Up

    More on the underlying tiff between a student and Wake Forest Law.

    25 Comments / / May 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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    Basketball, Defamation, Divorce Train Wrecks, Intellectual Property, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.13.13

    * Joseph Rakofsky has lost his case against, well basically everyone. Including ATL. [Popehat]

    * EDNY Judge Edward Korman is earning accolades for his sassiness. [Jezebel]

    * The Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Monsanto case. Reading the decision is not exhausting. Get it? [Patently-O]

    * Happy Mother’s Day from Kobe Bryant! Black Mamba takes his mom to court. [Legal Blitz]

    * Sammy Hagar can’t be held liable for defaming a woman. He also can’t drive 55. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Stealing $100 worth of cigarettes may seem crazy, but $100 worth of cigarettes in Texas would net something like $480,000 in New York City. [Legal Juice]

    * Intellectual property run amok. And it doesn’t involve Prenda in any way! [Dealbreaker]

    * As we reported before, being a divorce lawyer is not just for nailing your clients anymore. [Jezebel]

    1 Comment / / May 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Cody_Wilson

    Defamation, Guns / Firearms, Harold Baer, International Law, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology, Television, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.10.13

    * Texas law student/international small-arms dealer Cody Wilson got shot down (pun!) days after revealing a fully security-proof 3D printable gun. The State Department pointed out that Wilson seems to be violating all manner of international arms agreements, which was pretty obvious when he went on video boasting about how his weapons were being used in hotbeds of civil strife. [Foreign Policy: Passport]

    * The Juice may soon be loose! But probably not. O.J. Simpson has a hearing seeking a new trial in Vegas and blaming his former lawyer, Yale Galanter. Best part? Simpson claims Galanter approved the whole “armed, threatening confrontation” plan beforehand. Oops. [FOX News]

    * Michael Arrington, a lawyer and “one of the most powerful people on the Internet,” is suing his ex-girlfriend for defamation. The complaint compiles some pretty salacious claims that she made via social media. [Valleywag]

    * Just when you thought being an unpaid intern couldn’t be sadder, Judge Baer makes it sadder. [Fashionista]

    * The “Thug’s Lawyer” got a reprieve when a judge tossed his indictment for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, theft, and perjury. [The Advocate]

    * The EEOC filed suit against a Miami company that required its employees to become Scientologists. In other news, someone actually thought they could get away with making all their employees join the Church of Scientology. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The history of the Madison Avenue IPOs alluded to in last week’s Mad Men. [DealBook]

    7 Comments / / May 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • Juan Monteverde and Alexandra Marchuk

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    Basketball, Clerkships, Environment / Environmental Law, General Counsel, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Old People, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants

    Morning Docket: 04.12.13

    * Earlier this week, after some political wrangling, Senator Chuck Grassley proposed the Court Efficiency Act in the hope of paring down the D.C. Circuit. But really, come on, what are the odds of that happening… again? [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw partners, rejoice, for it seems that your legal secretaries will be unable to sue you for defamation over emails written to your wives. Spousal privilege, baby! (N.B. This doesn’t apply to your girlfriends.) [New York Law Journal]

    * Which law schools placed the highest percentage of grads in federal clerkships? This info comes from the rankings guru himself. We may have more on this later. [Morse Code / U.S. News & World Report]

    * The Rutgers basketball scandal claimed another scalp yesterday after the school’s former general counsel resigned. Rutgers Law dean John Farmer will be stepping in for a brief assist. [Star-Ledger]

    * So, do you remember that environmental report Steven Donziger allegedly had made up in the Chevron case? Yeah, the consulting firm just disavowed all of the evidence in the report. Oops! [Businessweek]

    * Say so long to your retirement money, sweetie: Junie Hoang, the actress who sued IMDb for revealing the fact that she was over the hill, received a less than favorable jury verdict. [Houston Chronicle]

    3 Comments / / Apr 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • Star-crossed lawyers: Juan Monteverde and Alexandra Marchuk

    Boutique Law Firms, Defamation, Labor / Employment, Oral Sex / Blow Jobs, Plaintiffs Firms, Sex, Sex Scandals, Small Law Firms, Student Loans, Vanderbilt, Women's Issues

    Lawsuit of the Day: Nobody Puts Faruqi in the Corner

    Nobody puts Juan Monteverde in the corner. A boutique law firm and one of its partners hit back — hard — against an ex-associate’s salacious allegations.

    62 Comments / / Apr 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM
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    Defamation, Law Schools, Police, Weirdness

    Recent Law Graduate Returns To Campus, Causes A Scene, Is Reportedly Taken Away In Handcuffs

    So a guy allegedly gets dragged away in cuffs and he’s not even the craziest person to invade campus.

    43 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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    Defamation, Family Law, Lawsuit of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    Manhattan Lawyer Happy To Help Out Brother-in-Law By Banging His Wife

    This lawyer’s version of helping out his brother-in-law is a problem…

    16 Comments / / Feb 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM