Flori-duh

  • melvyn weiss mel weiss-RF

    Cars, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Plaintiffs Firms

    Mel Weiss Learns You Can’t Say Your ABCs Without D, U, and I

    Mel Weiss may be heading back to prison after a night on the town back in December.

    19 Comments / / Apr 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM
  • thomas edwards RF

  • angry judge

    Ridiculousness, Rudeness, State Judges, Television, Videos

    Tosh.0 Gives a Rather ‘Cocky’ Defendant a Web Redemption

    Have you ever called a judge a name? Maybe you should, because it could earn you a feature segment on Tosh.0!

    7 Comments / / Feb 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM
  • The Challenger looked pretty good when it launched.

    Bad Ideas, Law Schools, Ridiculousness

    Florida Space Coast School of Law: Not An Onion Headline

    Space Coast School of Law is as silly as it sounds…

    31 Comments / / Jan 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM
  • stack of money

    Benchslaps, Biglaw, Bonuses, Federal Judges, John Roberts, Law School Deans, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 11.28.12

    * Chief Justice John Roberts gave a Solicitor General’s Office attorney a vicious tongue-lashing for failure to be upfront about policy changes between presidents. Now that’s what we’d call a verbal benchslap! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * When asked if they’d be following Cravath’s bonuses, a dozen Am Law 100 firms didn’t even care to respond or discuss the matter. It seems the partners would rather keep their associates squirming with suspense a while longer. [Am Law Daily]

    * Watch out, world, because Catholic University of America just hired a Biglaw senior partner to lead its law school. Say hello to Dean Daniel Attridge, formerly managing partner at the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. [National Law Journal]

    * A federal judge ordered tobacco companies to disclose in product warnings that they chemically induce smoking addictions to turn a profit, but those fools will keep puffing their cancer sticks anyway. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This just in from Flori-duh: you know you’re probably going to have a bad day in court when the judge won’t declare a mistrial even though the prosecutor technically wasn’t a member of the state Bar. [Miami Herald]

    1 Comment / / Nov 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • elmo

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Contracts, Courthouses, Divorce Train Wrecks, Dorsey & Whitney, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Hotties, In-House Counsel, Kids, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, Patents, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    Morning Docket: 11.21.12

    * “[L]awyers aren’t trained as accountants,” but Gibson Dunn, Freshfields, Drinker Biddle, and Skadden may have some splainin’ to do when it comes to Hewlett-Packard’s M&A blowout with Autonomy. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Looks like it’s time for some holiday musical chairs: Dorsey & Whitney’s managing partner Marianne Short will be leaving the firm at year’s end to join UnitedHealth as its chief legal officer. [Twin Cities Business]

    * The court-ordered mediation between Hostess and the bakers’ union broke down last night. If Judge Drain approves the company’s liquidation plan, the Twinkie may disappear from whence it came. [Reuters]

    * Remember the students from Texas Southern who sued because their contracts prof allegedly “curve[d] them out of the class”? Yeah, that got dismissed faster than you can say R2K §90. [National Law Journal]

    * You shall not pass — or use Lord of the Rings characters in online gambling games! J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate is suing Warner Brothers for $80M over improper licensing of the late author’s characters. [Bloomberg]

    * Please don’t tickle me, Elmo. One week after an accuser recanted his allegations against puppeteer Kevin Clash, another one filed suit over an underage sexual relationship. [Media Decoder / New York Times]

    * There’s nothing like some man-on-man sexual harassment to get you going in the morning. Sparks Steak House paid $600K to settle charges lodged by 22 male servers over an eight year period. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Seems like this pulchritudinous plaintiff’s contract case is still kicking, and Emel Dilek testified that sleeping with the boss was “absolutely not” one of her roles during her time at Mercedes-Benz. [New York Post]

    * Lululemon and Calvin Klein have settled their patent spat over elastic waistbands on yoga pants. Here’s hoping the Canadian yoga-wear company turned this lemon of a lawsuit into lemonade. [Businessweek]

    * What do divorcées do in their spare time? They go to Florida’s $350M courthouse to spray paint it with broken hearts and notes for the judge who presided over their proceedings. [Riptide 2.0 / Miami New Times]

    4 Comments / / Nov 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Vote

    Election 2012, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.05.12.

    * Campaign Lawyers are ready to go to the mattresses. Actually, they’re already there. [Bloomberg]

    * You can see why they’re nervous. The race is close. Don’t forget to vote. [FiveThirtyEight]

    * And don’t let them suppress your vote. [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Because you know if you are trying to vote in Florida and might be a Democrat, they’re going to try to take your vote away. [Huffington Post]

    * When you step back and look at it, the legal landscape for gays and lesbians is shockingly different than it was 20 or even 10 years ago. Yeah, I know a bunch of you care about marginal tax rates on Americans making over $250,000 way more than basic civil rights, but still. [New Yorker]

    * Lawyers have really been working under difficult conditions in the aftermath of the storms. [National Law Journal]

    * Donor secrecy up for review. [Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Nov 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM
  • Rick Scott wishes that were a gun.

    Health Care / Medicine, Screw-Ups, Sex

    Talk About A ‘Hot’ Line: Florida Governor Gives Out Phone Sex Number To Those Seeking Info On Meningitis Outbreak

    Today, we’ve got yet another story about a law school graduate who inadvertently gave out the number for a phone sex line, but this time he’s not a defense attorney — he’s the Governor of Florida….

    8 Comments / / Oct 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM
  • cheating

    2nd Circuit, Abortion, Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Election 2012, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lesbians, Morning Docket, Religion, Southern New England School of Law/Umass, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 10.08.12

    * Should Biglaw firms bill by the result instead of by the hour? When some of the results-oriented strategies involve reading less and writing faster to improve work efficiency, we’re not sure how well this would work in a law firm setting. [New York Times]

    * Roller coaster of employment: after losing 1,400 jobs in August, the legal sector added 1,000 jobs in September. Alas, there are way more than 1,000 new bar admittees gunning for all of those paralegal and secretarial positions. [Am Law Daily]

    * “They were throwing furniture at both of us.” Both sides on the Jacoby & Myers non-lawyer firm ownership case took a beating before the Second Circuit during oral arguments, but who won? [New York Law Journal]

    * Come November, Floridians will vote on constitutional amendments that deal with abortion and separation of church and state. Meanwhile, half the voters won’t even read the entire ballot, so there’s that. [New York Times]

    * A love triangle + an Arkansas Wal-Mart = a judicial suspension for Circuit Judge Sam Pope after an all-out brawl with… Bill Murray? Hey, at least this guy’s estranged wife got three punches in. [National Law Journal]

    * Tyler Clementi’s family won’t file suit against Rutgers University and Dharun Ravi — instead, they’ll use the publicity from their son Tyler’s suicide for “positive purposes,” like supporting gay and lesbian youths. [CNN]

    * “This guy is a bully, and he uses the court system to do it.” Robert V. Ward Jr., the former dean of UMass Law, had to deal with Gregory Langadinos, a serial law school litigant, and it wasn’t exactly pretty. [Boston Globe]

    11 Comments / / Oct 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • Judge Marcia G. Cooke

    11th Circuit, Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Federal Judges, In-House Counsel, Legal Ethics, Litigators, Litigatrix, Partner Issues, Scott Rothstein, Screw-Ups

    Benchslap of the Day: Judge Cooke Sanctions Greenberg Traurig and TD Bank

    Judge Cooke has ruled on the motion for sanctions against TD Bank and its former counsel, Greenberg Traurig. What did she decide?

    14 Comments / / Aug 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM
  • Maybe law schools should be more like strip clubs?

    Drinking, Law Schools

    Is Your Law School A Dram Shop?

    Law school sued for letting people get drunk at its Barrister’s Ball…

    35 Comments / / Aug 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM
  • Judge-Sad-Face

    Jury Duty, Rank Stupidity, Screw-Ups, State Judges, Trials

    Murder Trial Jury Selection Turns into Gossip Girls; Everyone Loses

    Gossipy prospective jurors scuttle a high-profile murder trial in Florida. Keep your mouths shut, people!

    13 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM
  • Florida State College of Law rotunda.

    Crime, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Police, Violence

    Florida State 3L Allegedly Shoots Florida State 2L

    A Florida State 3L stands accused in the shooting of a Florida State 2L.

    37 Comments / / Jul 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM
  • Nothing good will come of this.

    Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Money, Morning Docket, Technology, Twittering, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 07.30.12

    * Apple is considering digging its greasy Gorilla Glass hands into Twitter. How long until they unveil the iChirp and the iStupidDessertPic? [New York Times]
    * I’m sorry your three-year-old shot you with your Glock. Perhaps the safety could be better, but perhaps you shouldn’t have left a loaded gun within reach of a toddler, either. [JD Journal]
    * Mitt Romney hightailed it out of England as fast as he could. He spent Sunday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I don’t think it’s hard to guess what he was praying for. [Washington Post]
    * Bad day: getting your hand bitten off by an alligator. Worse day: facing charges of “unlawful feeding” of said alligator. Do I even have to say this happened in Florida? [ABC News]
    * In continuing stupid Olympic news, NBC has caught a bunch of flak for cutting a tribute to victims of terror attacks from its U.S. broadcast. Apparently the segment wasn’t “tailored for a U.S. audience.” Well, neither is Mr. Bean. And we handled that fine, right? [Gawker]
    * I just got back from Alaska. I’m so excited to go back indoors and get back to my desk after flying around mountains and looking at stupid, ugly glaciers for a week. /Sarcasm. [Twitter]

    25 Comments / / Jul 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM
  • Are you ready for two weeks of sports people only pretend to care about every four years.

    Bar Exams, Deaths, Education / Schools, Hair, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Television, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.12

    * And now for some reflection on the just completed bar exam. [Fink or Swim]

    * Here’s another take on how long your hair should be at the office. Apparently it helps to not be stupid. [Sweet Hot Justice]

    * Yesterday’s New York thunderstorm had tragic consequences for an area lawyer. [Herald Sun]

    * I was on Red Eye on Fox last night/this morning. It’s the first plank in the platform I’m using to run for King of the Homeless. [Red Eye]

    * We also covered this ridiculous story about a high school student suing because he got a C+ in Chemistry. [ABC News]

    * Uh oh, Mitt Romney has angered Carl Lewis. Now I’m waiting for other relevant 80s athletes to weigh in. Can somebody tell me what Greg Louganis thinks about Romney’s comments? [Politico]

    16 Comments / / Jul 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM
  • Nadya Suleman Octomom small

    Contracts, Defamation, Lawsuit of the Day, Nude Dancing, Ridiculousness

    Lawsuit of the Day: Strip Club Seeks Emergency Injunction Over Octomom’s Refusal to Bump ‘N Grind

    A Florida strip club is seeking an injunction against Octomom to prevent her from bumping and grinding on an alternative pole…

    26 Comments / / Jul 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM
  • Aww, SCOTUS, you made him cry.

    Barack Obama, Bernie Madoff, Copyright, Department of Justice, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.28.12

    * Today’s court session is business as usual for SCOTUS, because the justices always seem to save the “best” for last. And now I’ll have that stupid Vanessa Williams song stuck in my head all day. Sorry if I got it stuck in yours, too. [National Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * Meanwhile, over at the White House, the air was thick with the sound of silence on the eve of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. More than willing to bet that President Obama probably didn’t sleep too well last night. [Los Angeles Times]

    * “If she dies and Romney wins, the Supreme Court will be the most conservative in history.” Oh, please. Stop giving Ruth Bader Ginsburg flak for being too old, and learn to respect your elders — she’ll quit (or she’ll croak) when she damn well feels like it. [New York Times]

    * Peter Madoff will plead guilty to two federal charges at the end of the week. He’ll probably serve ten years in prison. In the long run, that’s nothing compared to big brother Bernie’s 150-year sentence. [Bloomberg]

    * Reason #11ty-billion why we <3 Flori-duh: a judge rejected the DOJ’s request to block Florida’s voter purge, and Governor Rick Scott, of course, was pleased as punch, calling it a “common-sense decision.” [POLITICO]

    * Megaupload wins again: a New Zealand court ruled that the search warrants used to raid Kim Dotcom’s mansion were illegal because they failed to “adequately describe the offenses to which they related.” [Reuters]

    * Loan debt will allegedly make you do some pretty crazy sh*t. Jason Bohn, the law school grad featured in an NYT article about the perils of law school, now stands accused of murdering his girlfriend. [New York Post]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know if you think your law school’s name and reputation affected your career path. Well, the first comment on my first post was “the what what school of where now,” so you tell me. [ABA Journal]

    8 Comments / / Jun 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • This is one law professor you don't want to trap in a closet.

    Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Law Professor Promises He Was Just Joking About Shooting People

    Professor claims he was fired for making jokes about shooting people. At least, we think they were just jokes…

    39 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

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