• money in the hands

    Biglaw, FTC

    The Legal Trick Payday Lenders Are Using To Skirt The Law

    It’s hard to believe a company can so blatantly thumb its nose at the rules, but they have a secret and some Biglaw bigshots on retainer to fight tooth-and-nail to protect their lending practices….

    36 Comments / / Sep 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM
  • 640px-Bob_McDonnell_by_Gage_Skidmore

    Drinking, FTC, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Politics, Racism, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.14

    * Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia, guilty of 11 counts of corruption. Maureen McDonnell guilty of 8. If only they’d gotten that severance motion. [Wonkette] * The best way to catch drunk drivers is to give them something to crash into. [Legal Juice] * Chaumtoli Huq, a former general counsel to the New York […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM
  • Gavel with American Flag

    Federal Government

    Wearable Device Privacy – A Legislative Priority?

    Ed note: This post originally appeared on Global Regulatory Enforcement Law Blog. Seemingly every day, new types of wearable devices are popping up on the market. Google Glass, Samsung’s Gear, Fitbit (a fitness and activity tracker), Pulse (a fitness tracker that measures heart rate and blood oxygen), and Narrative (a wearable, automatic camera) are just […]

    / Aug 18, 2014 at 12:23 PM
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    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election Law, FTC, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment, White-Collar Crime

    Morning Docket: 07.02.14

    * The New York Court of Appeals put the hurt on defunct firms seeking unfinished business fees from former partners who left for greener pastures. Sorry, I didn’t follow ATL protocol: “Dewey think firms should collect unfinished business fees?” [Wall Street Journal Law Blog]

    * We reported on the Tinder lawsuit yesterday. Here’s a collection of all the messed up texts involved. [Valleywag]

    * Facebook’s lawyer is now calling the emotional manipulation study it recently conducted “customer service.” Dear Internet: Despite all your rage, you’re still just rats in a cage. [The Atlantic]

    * So if you’re studying for the MPRE, blow jobs aren’t the preferred legal fee. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * How did your last cell phone bill look? Because the FTC says T-Mobile knowingly added hundreds of millions of charges on. At least that girl in pink was cute, huh? [USA Today]

    * BNP Paribas is confident it can pay its record fine. [Dealbook / New York Times]

    * Meanwhile, Putin accused the U.S. of trying to use the BNP fine to blackmail France into turning its back on Russia. Because conspiracy theories are awesome. [Bloomberg]

    * Lawsuit filed because right-wingers totally miffed that black people voted for a Republican. [Sun Herald (Mississippi)]

    / Jul 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM
  • 1024px-Microchips

    American Bar Association / ABA, FDA, Food, FTC, Immigration, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.16.14

    * Lawyer explains to court how people illegally implanted a silicon chip in her head. No word on her feelings about Mondays. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * How much juice content did Coca-Cola think allowed them to market a product as juice? The answer will actually surprise you unless you really, really hate Coke. [PR Log]

    * Defendants should not have access to the Internet because they could beat someone to death with an iPad. I guess. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Mobile crammers settle for $10 million. The charge will appear on their next month’s phone bill. [Law and More]

    * Like most things in life, the path to victory involves beginning from the KISS principle. [Katz Justice]

    * Of all the over-the-top immigration control efforts in this country, arresting a couple in bed for not being “married enough” is one of the craziest. [Sun Sentinel]

    * The American Bar Association, fresh off loosening its accreditation standards, is actually trying to dupe kids into thinking this is the best time to attend law school. Check out this ad. And if you want to play with it in Photoshop, that would be cool too…

    1 Comment / / Jun 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM
  • Data RF

    Federal Government

    Data Brokers Know Far More About Consumers Than Consumers About Them, Says FTC

    Anna Gallegos adds a bit of context to the FTC’s report on data brokers.

    0 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM
  • silhouette man full length secret agent in a james bond posture

    Antonin Scalia, Defamation, Environment / Environmental Law, FTC, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.30.14

    * Confessions of a litigious mind: Trial attorney admits he was trained as a spy. [What About Clients?]

    * A Fordham Law professor running for governor. [New York Times]

    * Are messenger bags unprofessional for lawyers? My firm bought us messenger bags with firm logos so this wasn’t a question for me. [Corporette]

    * New carbon regulations on the horizon and industry is already gearing up for a fight. [Breaking Energy]

    * FTC charging Jerk.com with deceiving customers. What a paradox, because if the FTC is right this seems like truth in advertising. [IT-Lex]

    * Larry Klayman is suing the entity he founded, Judicial Watch, for defamation. Somehow Orly Taitz is involved. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Hey recent grads! Do you need to frame your shiny new diploma? Mountary is offering a 20 percent discount to ATL readers. Just enter the code “atl20″ at checkout. [Mountary]

    * Bruce Allen Murphy has a new biography on Justice Antonin Scalia that proposes that far from forging a conservative Court, Justice Scalia’s actions have undermined building a conservative team of justices. Also he reminds us that Scalia was totally an affirmative action hire. Video after the jump…. [YouTube]

    3 Comments / / May 30, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States

    Hearsay, International Law, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.02.13

    * This Term, both wings of the Court will be making originalist arguments because “slaveholders from 200 years ago said so” is the most compelling argument in our legal toolbox. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Yale Law grad Ronan Farrow, supposedly Woody Allen’s son, might really be Frank Sinatra’s son. Looking at him that… makes sense. [Vanity Fair]

    * Looks like the FTC is finally going after patent trolls. Or would be if we still had a government. [Ars Technica]

    * Based on the look and address, the Law Librarians blog appears to have left the Law Professor Blogs Network. It must have been too loud in there for the librarians. [Law Librarians]

    * So… you’re saying lots of trial judges out there don’t understand hearsay? [The Legal Watchdog]

    * Avast! Russia is going after Greenpeace (probably illegally) for piracy. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * A reminder that the federal government shut down is the result of state laws, so maybe you should vote in those off-year local elections. [PrawfsBlawg]

    7 Comments / / Oct 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • Davis Polk Wardwell RF

    Biglaw, Federal Government, Lateral Moves, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues

    Musical Chairs: Notable New Names at Davis Polk, Paul Hastings, and Orrick

    Davis Polk lands a big-name lateral with major government experience, while Paul Hastings and Orrick raid rivals for talent.

    4 Comments / / Jun 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    11th Circuit, Antitrust, Drugs, Intellectual Property, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    When Buying Off A Litigant Is Also Buying Off A Competitor

    According to the Supreme Court, sometimes settling a lawsuit can create an antitrust problem. How?

    8 Comments / / Jun 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM
  • Bad Employee

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Crime, Election Law, FTC, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration, Lateral Moves, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.18.13

    * Just like he said in 2008, President Barack Obama says that he’s going to close Guantanamo Bay, and this time, he means it. No, really, he appointed a Skadden partner to handle it, so we know he means business now. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * The Supreme Court just invalidated Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship voter registration law, so of course Ted Cruz wants to add an amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill to require citizenship to vote because, well… duh. [Politico]

    * According to a Pew Research survey, a majority of Americans think Edward Snowden should be prosecuted for his NSA leaks. It’s also likely that same majority don’t even know what Edward Snowden leaked. [USA Today]

    * It looks like Jon Leibowitz, the FTC’s ex-chairman, got some great birthday presents this week. Davis Polk partnership and a SCOTUS victory aren’t too shabby. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * They don’t give a damn ’bout their bad reputation: malpractice claims filed against attorneys and firms were up in 2012, and some say mergers and laterals are to blame. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * If you’re worried about your low GPA when applying to law school, you haven’t been reading the news. You’ll get in everywhere you apply. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * ¡Ay dios mío! The Hispanic National Bar Association is hoping that a week spent in law school will inspire minority high school students to become lawyers in the distant future. [National Law Journal]

    6 Comments / / Jun 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • DaNae Couch

    Andrew Cuomo, B for Beauty, Biglaw, Department of Justice, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New York Times, Patents, State Judges, Wall Street Journal

    Morning Docket: 01.04.13

    * The Department of Justice has reached yet another settlement in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case, this time with Transocean Ltd. for $1.4 billion in civil and criminal penalties and fines. [National Law Journal]

    * “[W]ith success comes regulatory scrutiny.” Google convinced the FTC to close its ongoing antitrust probe by promising to change its allegedly shady patent usage and purportedly skewed search terms. [Bloomberg]

    * According to Littler Mendelson, federal contractors might want to consider sending out sequestration-related layoff notices to employees in order to comply with the WARN Act. America, f**k yeah! [Government Executive]

    * Governor Andrew Cuomo will have a major impact on the New York Court of Appeals when appointing new judges. It could be a partisan decision, but his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, insists his son will leave politics at home. [Capital New York]

    * When you write in defense of the value proposition of law school, you wind up in the op-ed pages of the NYT. When you tell the truth about it, you wind up in the opinion pages of the WSJ. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Remember Danae Couch, the Texas Tech law student who was crowned as Miss Texas? She’ll compete for the Miss America title next weekend. If you’d like to help her become a finalist, you can vote for her here! [KFYO]

    0 Comments / / Jan 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • I'll miss you the most, cupcake.

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Deaths, Federal Judges, Food, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Privacy, Venable

    Morning Docket: 11.19.12

    * Billable hours in Biglaw are down 1.5 percent, and 15 percent of U.S. firms are planning to reduce their partnership ranks in early 2013. Thanks to Wells Fargo for bringing us the news of all this holiday cheer! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Hostess may be winding down its business and liquidating its assets, but Biglaw will always be there to clean up the crumbs. Jones Day, Venable, and Stinson Morrison Hecker obviously think money tastes better than Twinkies. [Am Law Daily]

    * How’s that “don’t be evil” thing working out for you? Google’s $22.5M proposed privacy settlement with the FTC over tracking cookies planted on Safari browsers was accepted by a federal judge. [Bloomberg]

    * Greenberg Traurig and Hunton & Williams face a $7.2B suit from Allen Stanford’s receiver over a former attorney of both firms’ alleged involvement in the ex-knight’s Ponzi scheme. [Houston Business Journal]

    * Perhaps the third time will be the charm: ex-Mayer Brown partner Joseph Collins was convicted, again, for helping Refco steal more than $2B from investors by concealing the company’s fraud. [New York Law Journal]

    * H. Warren Knight, founder of alternative dispute resolution company JAMS, RIP. [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Nov 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM
  • Facebook-hacker-e1312474598928-150x147

    Advertising, Cyberlaw, Facebook, Free Speech, FTC, Kids, Privacy

    Facebook Protests Proposed Child Privacy Rule Revisions on Scuzzy Free Speech Grounds

    Why does Facebook all of a sudden care so deeply about the free speech rights of children?

    10 Comments / / Oct 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM
  • Have you seen this law student? Seriously.

    Advertising, Allen & Overy, FTC, Intellectual Property, Jury Duty, Kids, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.23.12

    * Austin Tice, a Georgetown Law student, freelance journalist, and former Marine Corps officer, is missing in Syria. We hope he’s okay. [McClatchy]

    * The nightlife lawyer is already back in the news. He’s repping a new high-profile plaintiff: an NYC cop whose foot got run over by some d-bag in a Ferrari. Make it rain! [Jalopnik]

    * Former Allen & Overy partner Edward M. De Sear got arrested AGAIN on child pornography charges. We’ll definitely have more on this tomorrow. [The Record]

    * I understand wanting to eliminate viral ads targeted at kids, but who would I be without all those old Crossfire, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and “Hey, it could happen!” McDonald’s television ads? [Threat Level / Wired]

    * Jurors in Apple v. Samsung have been deliberating for two days now. I scream, you scream, we all scream — for a verdict. [CNET]

    * California’s state legislature passed an act that would force law enforcement to get a warrant before gathering GPS or other location-tracking data from cell phones. All you drug dealers, it’s time to re-up on a new burner. [Ars Technica]

    * I don’t think Esquire means what you think it means. Seriously. You can’t give yourself the title when your law license is suspended. No one cares if you read the magazine or own land. [WSJ Law Blog]

    14 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM
  • instagram

    Antitrust, Biglaw, Canada, Crime, Facebook, Federal Judges, FTC, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Perverts, Romance and Dating, Ursula Ungaro, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.23.12

    * Little known fact of the day: the late comedienne Phyllis Diller apparently had a storybook romance with Paul Hastings name partner, Robert Hastings. She once said that her longtime Biglaw beau was the “love of [her] life.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The Federal Trade Commission has closed its antitrust review of Facebook’s proposed Instagram purchase, clearing the way for the social networking site’s users to post grainy pictures to their hearts’ content. [Bloomberg]

    * A former Vancouver lawyer serving a 15-year sentence for money laundering claims that one of the Mounties who investigated his case played a game of “hide the Canadian bacon” with Judge Ursula Ungaro. [Province]

    * A judge who resigned in April has been retroactively removed from office for admitting to having sexual contact with his five-year-old niece. He presided over family court matters. Figures. [New York Law Journal]

    * Which accomplishments and activities should you leave off your résumé? A) law review editor in chief; B) second in the class; C) 4.05 GPA; D) nonprofit executive director; E) child porn aficionado. [Willamette Week]

    * Stabbing your lawyer is so last season. Another criminal defendant reportedly attacked his defense attorney in court, but this time chose to whack his own counsel in the head with his handcuffed hand. [Boston Globe]

    8 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • comp

    Cyberlaw, Facebook, FTC, Kids, Privacy, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Quote of the Day: Yes, We Should Probably Go Ahead and Do That

    A proposed FTC rule update would fix a loophole in a rule designed to protect children’s online privacy.

    2 Comments / / Aug 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM
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    FTC, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, White & Case

    MySpace Settles With FTC Over Alleged Privacy Violations

    Yesterday, MySpace settled with the FTC over allegations of deceptive privacy practices. Are we surprised?

    5 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM