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    Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.12

    * New Zealand’s Parliament has passed the first stage of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers were apparently inspired by President Obama’s public support of the issue. [Huffington Post]

    * The trial of a Florida teen accused of impersonating a physician assistant is underway. Among other things, he allegedly dressed in scrubs, used a stethoscope, and performed CPR on a patient. Apparently, just because you’ve seen it on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do it in real life. [ABC News]

    * “And to my son, I bequeath my playlist of one-hit wonders and my season pass to Breaking Bad.” Marketwatch tackles the tricky question of who owns your digital music (and e-book) collections after you die. [Marketwatch / WSJ]

    * A New Mexico criminal defense attorney, David “Chip” Venie, was charged yesterday with allegedly shooting a man in the leg at his law office. Oh, and Venie’s wife filmed the whole thing on her cell phone, including the unarmed victim holding out his empty hands. [ABA Journal]

    * Lawyers for the Amish men and women charged with forcibly cutting the beards and hair of their “perceived enemies” say they were motivated by compassion, not hatred. Sometimes you’ve just got to let someone know her haircut’s not doing her any favors. [NY Times]

    * In First Amendment news, the D.C. Circuit court has invalidated an FDA regulation requiring cigarette companies to place warning labels on packages. Is this a victory for free speech, or for big tobacco? [The Atlantic]

    4 Comments / / Aug 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM
  • The FDA's central office?

    FDA, Labor / Employment, Privacy, Technology

    The FDA Should Probably Leave Spying to, You Know, Real Spies

    Why has the FDA been spying on its own scientists?

    9 Comments / / Jul 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM
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    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Billable Hours, California, Celebrities, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, FDA, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Sam Sparks, Sports

    Morning Docket: 07.10.12

    * Dewey know how many professional firms have been allowed to stay on as advisers for the largest law firm bankruptcy in U.S. history? Six out of nine firms were permitted to continue services, but Proskauer wasn’t one of them. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * In other defunct firm news, Al Togut will be presenting Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former partners with a proposed settlement on Wednesday. You’ve been warned: prepare yourselves for some Biglaw-style bitching. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Despite reports of the billable hour going the way of the dodo bird, it looks like they’re here to stay. Right now, corporate law departments are still much more excited about alternative billing arrangements than law firms. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Judge Sam Sparks, the King of Benchslaps, dismissed Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit against the USADA in record time. That ruling came too quickly — guess it’s time to investigate judicial doping. [New York Times]

    * Marc Dreier’s son, Spencer Dreier, is representing himself pro se in a defamation suit against his former college roommate. Looks like Daddy couldn’t spring for his kid’s lawyer while he was in the clink. [Bloomberg]

    * A California woman claims that the Food and Drug Administration’s methods regarding sperm donations are unconstitutional. Why should she have to go to an intermediary to get sperminated? [Huffington Post]

    * Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s not exactly something to be proud of. Actor Dwayne Johnson is listed as a “co-conspirator” in a $1.8M fraud lawsuit that’s been filed by a South Florida family. [NBC Miami]

    10 Comments / / Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Books, California, FDA, Food, Morning Docket, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, UVA Law, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 12.08.11

    * In an unprecedented move, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has overruled the FDA. Looks like the Obama administration thinks that Plan B will turn little girls into promiscuous prosti-tots. [Wall Street Journal] * Due to this ruling, Occupy Boston protesters will probably have to STFU and GTFO. Bring out the brooms, because this will be […]

    24 Comments / / Dec 8, 2011 at 9:05 AM
  • FDA, Hair, Morning Docket, Pictures, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Sentencing Law, Sex, Shoes, Supreme Court, Television, Women's Issues, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 12.07.11

    * Should the Supreme Court be forced to televise oral arguments? Yes, but only on the condition that we get spin-off shows called Wise Latina Justice and Ruthie’s Law. [WSJ Law Blog] * Rod Blagojevich won’t get leniency during sentencing. He’ll spend the next week lamenting the fact that can’t brush his beautiful hair like […]

    20 Comments / / Dec 7, 2011 at 9:01 AM
  • Deaths, Drinking, FDA, Food, Guns / Firearms, Violence

    Parents Try To Blame Four Loko For Son Getting Shot

    If we try hard enough, I bet we can blame the entire collapse of the American economy on some Lehman Brothers dudes who had too much Four Loko. We’ve been following the successful crusade to get the original Four Loko banned because of its “dangerous” combination of caffeine and alcohol. Outlawing one specific mixture of […]

    84 Comments / / Nov 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM
  • Drinking, FDA, FTC

    Four Loko Settles With FTC — Will Improve ‘Warning’ That Product Will Get You Drunk

    Welcome back to Above the Four Loko. In today’s episode, we find that the drink that used to combine alcohol and caffeine in really obvious ways has settled a false advertising suit with the Federal Trade Commission. As we’ve discussed often with Four Loko, the alcoholic kick IS the appeal of the product. This drink […]

    49 Comments / / Oct 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM
  • Morning Docket, Samuel Alito, Sports, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 03.21.11

    * Sammy Alito and the roots of a compassionate constitutional conservatism. By Emily Bazelon. Foreblurb by Juggalo Law. [New York Times] * A U.S. vulture fund is having problems collecting a certain debt from the Democratic Republic of Congo via certain chinamen. Yes, I know that’s not the preferred nomenclature. But these men actually do […]

    28 Comments / / Mar 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM
  • Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, FDA, Linda Greenhouse, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 03.11.11

    * Johnson & Johnson will have to fix several factories after an agreement with the FDA prompted by massive product recalls. This still doesn’t explain why my bottle of Tylenol may contain tree nuts. [Bloomberg] * Charlie Sheen hammered out a custody agreement With Brooke Mueller. That’s nice. [People Magazine] * Texas may consider a […]

    4 Comments / / Mar 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM
  • Fast Food, FDA, Food, Lawsuit of the Day, Nauseating Things

    Taco Bell Launches Meaty Offensive Over Its Beef

    Earlier this week, we told you about a class action lawsuit filed against Taco Bell over its taco fillings. The lawsuit alleges that Taco Bell inaccurately claims to be selling “seasoned beef” when in fact it is selling “taco meat filling.” We didn’t think Taco Bell would take these allegations lying down. The WSJ Law […]

    62 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM
  • Drinking, FDA, Food

    They May Take Our Four Loko, But They’ll Never Take Away Our Caffeine!

    This has been a bad week for: the makers of Four Loko, personal responsibility, intelligent regulation, and natural selection. The FDA put the hammer to Four Loko, announcing that caffeine was a dangerous additive to alcohol. In response, the makers of Four Loko agreed to remove caffeine from their products. Of course, this will stop […]

    47 Comments / / Nov 18, 2010 at 12:36 PM
  • Drinking, Food

    New From the Nanny State: Lawmakers Try to Protect Kids/Bros From Four Loko

    At the demand of the commenters, I’ve spent most of my afternoon becoming familiar with Four Loko, the caffeinated, alcoholic beverage. Apparently I’m way too old-school. When I want a “high-octane” energy drink, I pour some Absolute Poverty out of my flask, mix it with a Red Bull, and get back to the craps tables. […]

    72 Comments / / Oct 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM