FBI

  • Sony

    Cyberlaw

    Does The FBI Work For Sony Now?

    Don’t let the FBI give you any gruff for laughing at Sony

    1 Comment / / Dec 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM
  • iStock_000024329077_Large

    White-Collar Crime

    Your WiFi Repair Guy May Be The FBI

    Federal agents think they can cut your internet, dress up as an internet fix-it guy, and go into your house and see what they find.

    27 Comments / / Nov 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM
  • 175px-Monica_lewinsky

    Politics, White-Collar Crime

    Monica Lewinsky and What’s Wrong With How the FBI Talks to People

    Report finds that Monica Lewinsky was mistreated by the federal government — and not just by the head of the Executive Branch.

    29 Comments / / Oct 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM
  • Africa LF

    Biglaw, Canada, Cellphones, Morning Docket, Privacy, Technology

    Morning Docket: 10.17.14

    * “There’s too much at stake—too much money and interest.” Biglaw firms in West Africa are surviving, nay, thriving, despite the fact that the area is afflicted by the terrors of Ebola. [Am Law Daily]

    * “[T]ake a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course.” The head of the FBI is pissed about cell encryption, and he wants tech companies to cut it out with this privacy stuff. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has a new chief financial officer. At Pittsburgh’s third-largest firm, the former litigation practice director could really make a name for himself. [Pittsburgh Business Times]

    * Former employees — even lawyers — of the recently failed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie are filing suit, seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in severance pay. Good luck with that, eh? [Globe and Mail]

    * According to NY AG Eric Schneiderman, 72% of Airbnb rental sites in New York City are operating illegally. This is going to be problematic for those who enjoy the services of faux hotels. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Oct 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • Online Password

    In-House Counsel, Technology

    Your Client is Hacked and Personal Information is Leaked Online – Now What?

    You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other, and tells you that a compromising photograph of him was stolen from his phone and posted online. You start thinking not if, but when, shareholders will discover this embarrassment, how much it will cost the company and what legal action to take.

    / Sep 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM
  • Kamala D. Harris is 'by far, the best looking attorney general.'

    Biglaw, Eric Holder, Google / Search Engines, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 09.26.14

    * Solicitor General Don Verrilli may be a frontrunner to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, but the competition seems to be stiff. Kamala Harris, anyone? [USA Today]

    * FBI Director James Comey is annoyed by Apple and Google marketing their encryption prowess for privacy’s sake — it’ll “allow people to place themselves beyond the law.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * White & Case just hopped aboard the onshore outsourcing train with its announcement that it would open a services center in Tampa, Florida. The move will create about 100 jobs, but we’d love to know how many it’s negating. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has been on an “acquisition spree” in England. Earlier this month, it picked up patent practice, and now it’s in talks with a litigation shop. [Am Law Daily]

    * “Law school is a major gamble,” and people are more informed, but that somehow isn’t stopping people from applying. This is a great article to read if you’re still considering going all in. [New York Observer]

    15 Comments / / Sep 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • 640px-GeorgeHamiltonAug09-RF

    Celebrities, Gay, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    LBJ, FBI, And SCOTUS All Spying On George Hamilton Because… Gay Stuff

    Basically, the government spied on its people just as much in the 60s as it does today, it’s just back then knowing gay people made you “a potential terrorist” instead of “Bravo’s demographic.”

    1 Comment / / Sep 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Juggalo Washington

    5th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Contract Attorneys, Free Speech, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.16.14

    * The Insane Clown Posse is appealing their loss in the “Juggalos aren’t gang members” case. F**king lawsuits, how do they work? [Lowering the Bar]

    * After losing before the Supreme Court, the University of Texas affirmative action admissions program looked to be in serious trouble. But the Fifth Circuit just ruled that the UT policy met the strict-scrutiny analysis mandated by the Court. The lesson for Abigail Fisher is once more, “How about you get better grades instead of whining?” Or at least “Get politically connected.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Apple agrees to a conditional $450 million settlement with the NYAG’s office in the e-book suit. So you might get some money back from the 50 Shades of Grey purchase. [Reuters]

    * The Manassas city police have decided not to engage in kiddie porn pursuant to a warrant. Good for them. [Washington Post]

    * “Judges are not deities. They are humans.” Let’s not tell Lat, the shock might kill him. [Katz Justice]

    * Maybe it’s time lawyers started looking out for each other. This is a theme we’ve touched on before. [Law and More]

    * The hell? Parents arrested for letting their 9-year-old go to the park alone? Suffocating parenting is bad enough without the government expecting it of parents. [Slate]

    * CPAs are suing the IRS because the regulation of tax preparers lacks Congressional approval. Because we need more folks off the street claiming to be tax preparers. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Lawyer and former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon is under investigation by the South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel for basically being a dick on Twitter. As Ken White notes, the First Amendment is all about giving guys like this a forum. [Slate]

    7 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Grammar Dictionary Definition

    11th Circuit, Food, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.10.14

    * There’s a guy called the “Good-Grammar Bandit” out there and he’s a high priority target of the FBI? Allow me to take this opportunity to tell the FBI their doing a good job. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Some folks have asked me incredulously about yesterday’s Non-Sequiturs item about Louisiana and Oregon allowing convictions with non-unanimous juries. So here’s some background on how that came to be. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Speaking of Louisiana, a lawyer has filed suit against Morris Bart, a major personal injury law firm, for unpaid wages. From what we’re hearing this may be the tip of the iceberg for these sorts of allegations — lots of people have been leaving the firm recently and that’s a recipe for complaints going both ways. [Louisiana Record]

    * Florida may not regulate real guns any time soon, but one 11th Circuit judge is ready to regulate the hell out of shotgun pleadings! [South Florida Lawyers Blog]

    * Lawyers are bad at social media. They’re bad at social reality, why did we expect them to be good at social virtuality? [CMS Wire]

    * ADA’s father was kidnapped (and recovered). Yikes. [WRAL]

    * A follow-up on our prior Sriracha lawsuit coverage. [USA Today]

    * A look at the legal issues in the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you saw it (and Captain America to the extent they are intertwined), you know there were some heavy legal issues at play. [Legal Geeks]

    2 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Robert Mueller

    Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, Contempt, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Television, Theater, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.24.14

    * Congratulations to WilmerHale on landing former FBI director Robert Mueller, and congratulations to Mueller on his move (a homecoming of sorts; he was once a partner at Hale & Dorr, the “Hale” in “WilmerHale”). [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A former television judge gets held in real-life contempt. [Memphis Commercial Appeal]

    * In the wake of the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal charges, Jean O’Grady poses an interesting question: should law firms have whistleblower programs? [Dewey B Strategic]

    * “Have a Better Legal Career by Being Less of a Lawyer.” [Medium]

    * This story of losing a client might contain lessons for lawyers. [BigLawRebel]

    * As we previously mentioned, the SCOTUS-themed play Arguendo is coming to D.C., and there’s a discount code for ATL readers: WMATL, good for 15% off on previews, Friday nights, Saturday matinees, and Sunday evenings. Enjoy! [Woolly Mammoth]

    * In case you missed our Attorney@Blog conference, our friends at wireLawyer were on hand to document the proceedings. Video after the jump….

    Thanks again to wireLawyer, for this great video and for hosting the post-conference cocktail party:

    6 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM
  • 800px-FBI_Evidence_Response_Team-RF

    Technology

    On Remand: Wikipedia, The FBI, And Hitler?

    A couple years ago, Wikipedia schooled the FBI on how to read a statute.

    6 Comments / / Mar 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM
  • Justice Samuel Alito

    Associate Advice, Biglaw, David Boies, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket, Pregnancy / Paternity, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Susman Godfrey, Technology, Ted Olson, Texas, Trials

    Morning Docket: 01.27.14

    * Choose your own adventure: Will you read this to see how many times Justice Alito recused himself during OT 2013? Or will you read this to see Justice Alito’s doofy-looking picture? [National Law Journal]

    * Hackers took down the entire PACER system as well as various federal court websites on Friday. No, the FBI says it was “technical problems.” Oops, nope, still hackers. :( [Switch / Washington Post]

    * It seems the best way to train new associates is to do the opposite of what Biglaw has been doing for decades. Take Stephen Susman’s word for it — you could probably end up with a $40k bonus. [The Careerist]

    * A decision hasn’t been rendered in the Chevron case yet, but is Steven Donziger feeling pessimistic? He’s already hired impressive appellate counsel. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Everybody’s been very nice to us, even though we’re lawyers.” Shocker. David Boies, Ted Boutrous, and Ted Olson had fun at the Sundance Film Festival promoting “The Case Against 8.” [Associated Press]

    * Finally, a happy ending to an absurd science experiment. Over the weekend, a judge ordered that Marlise Munoz, a brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas, be removed from her respirators and ventilators. [CNN]

    8 Comments / / Jan 27, 2014 at 8:58 AM
  • orange jumpsuit handcuffs RF

    Alex Kozinski, Biglaw, Clerkships, Crime, Feeder Judges, Gay, Kids, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals

    A Law Clerk With A Gilded Résumé, Charged With Solicitation And Attempted Rape Of A Young Boy

    Shocking allegations against a former law clerk to a feeder judge and former Biglaw associate who graduated law school with a 4.0 and served as editor in chief of the law review.

    121 Comments / / Jan 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM
  • iStock_000002355974XSmall-RF

  • Six Flags Great Adventure

    Drugs, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, James Comey, Morning Docket, Securities and Exchange Commission

    Morning Docket: 05.30.13

    * Obama nominates a Bush Republican to head the FBI. James Comey was on all sorts of Bush short lists. Kumbaya. [New York Times]

    * A nice summer reminder: this woman didn’t recover damages from Great Adventure water ride injury. Here’s another reminder: Six Flags destroys Disney. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * NASDAQ gets BTCHSLAPD. [National Law Journal]

    * Meanwhile, Total Oil is also getting slapped by the SEC. Looks like somebody over there ate their Total. [Breaking Energy]

    * The “elitist white boy” approach to law enforcement gets called out. Bobby Rush is now my hero. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Darius Kingsley, a former Treasury official, is the new co-general counsel of JPMorgan’s commercial bank. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Florida Governor Rick Scott can’t randomly drug test all state workers. I’d be in favor of random drug testing for Rick Scott voters. [Reuters]

    11 Comments / / May 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Justin_Bieber_NRJ_Music_Awards_2012

    Ann Althouse, DUI / DWI, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.13

    * Justin Bieber has apparently abandoned his 20-week-old monkey, Mally, after having her confiscated because he couldn’t comply with animal control laws in Germany. Now in a shelter somewhere in Germany, there’s one more lonely girl. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Ann Althouse posted FOUR TIMES about Barack Obama’s umbrella over the weekend. Somebody is really putting off grading those papers. [Althouse]

    * Alabama judge faces $25 million lawsuit alleging he improperly took a case from another judge and issued damaging rulings. This is the judge who ran against Chief Justice Roy “Don’t Remove the Ten Commandments From the Courthouse” Moore. The moral of the story is: don’t use the Alabama judicial system. [Legal Schnauzer]

    * The FBI may be looking into whether lawyers conspired to have opposing counsel arrested on DUI charges by using a “comely paralegal” to get the lawyer drunk and then ask him to drive her home. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * Statewide Virginia Republican candidates are no friends of the libertarian wing of the conservative movement. On the other hand, are there viable conservative candidates not named “Paul” that are friends of the libertarian wing of the conservative movement? [CATO at Liberty]

    * The IRS scandal gets the SNL treatment courtesy of Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler. Video after the jump…

    3 Comments / / May 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM
  • Mike Randolph LF2

    Crime, Death Penalty, Department of Justice

    You Stay Classy, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph

    The lone dissenter from a stay of execution takes the time to channel Glenn Beck in a written opinion.

    46 Comments / / May 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  • snake

    Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Morning Docket, Rankings, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Vermin / Rodents / Pests

    Morning Docket: 04.26.13

    * The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to wade into the constitutional contretemps of recess appointments, but if the high court refuses to take up the case, it may be back to the drawing board for the NLRB. [National Law Journal]

    * The Am Law 100 law firm rankings are out, and it looks like there’s a new leader of the pack in terms of gross revenue. But which firm could it be? Not Skadden or Baker & McKenzie. We’ll likely have coverage on this later. [American Lawyer]

    * Apparently the FBI wanted to continue questioning Dzhokhar Tsarnaev under Miranda’s public-safety exception, but a judge read the accused bomber his rights anyway. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * “This case is over. Someone should put it out of its misery.” Be that as it may, New York’s attorney general is desperate to get AIG’s Maurice Greenberg on the stand at trial. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “I have had it with these motherf**king snakes in my motherf**king files!” This spring, clerks in this old Mississippi courthouse are finding more and more snakes filed under “Ssssssss.” [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

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