Insurance

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.26.15

    * Step right up and place your bets, because there are still five major cases left on the Supreme Court’s docket. With two decision days remaining, we’ve got same-sex marriage, execution methods, emissions, Congressional redistricting, and guns on tap. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Chicago attorney was arrested this week after a kiddie porn stash was allegedly found in his home. Good thing he resigned from his firm before being arrested. He probably wouldn’t have been able to meet his billable hours requirements while sitting inside of a jail cell. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * California lawmakers passed the harshest mandatory vaccination requirements in the country — which include a ban on religious exemptions — and they’re waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill. Anti-vaxxers must be losing their minds. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Sorry to harsh your mellow, but Lloyd’s of London is now refusing to insure marijuana businesses due to conflicts between state and federal laws as to their legality. Current policies will not be renewed, and no new contracts will be issued. [Insurance Journal]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know about the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen a co-worker do while on the job or in court. This is a pretty easy answer here at ATL. I’ve seen Elie Mystal dancing around without his shirt on more times than I can count. [ABA Journal]

    25 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Attractive businesswoman holds magnifying glass, isolated

    Benchslaps

    The ‘Creepy’ ‘Stalker’ Lawyer Who Wasn’t

    An appellate panel turns the tables on the judge who labeled a lawyer creepy for just doing his job.

    18 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 1:03 PM
  • Watch out

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    Fixed-Fee Deals: 3 Traps For The Unwary

    Fixed-fee deals can be great — but watch out for these possible pitfalls, identified by in-house columnist Mark Herrmann.

    5 Comments / / Jan 26, 2015 at 11:11 AM
  • ambulance

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.02.15

    * Nice try. Woman tries to add insurance coverage from the ambulance after the crash. [Legal Juice]

    * Charles Pierce is a great writer. Not that keen at sports prognostication, though. I’ll let Urban Meyer respond to Pierce’s prediction of a “whopping win” by Florida State. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * You’ve seen our 10 most read stories of the year. Check out the top 10 from our friends across the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    * “Conservatism and porn.” OK, Professor Nita Farahany. You know how to get the attention of Above the Law. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * “NEW YORK POLICE SHOOTING ATTORNEYS.” Perhaps not the most lucid headline. [Sullivan Papain]

    * Writing a blog post about a judge’s on-the-record comments is not defamation. Unfortunately we actually needed a ruling on that one. [New York Law Journal]

    * Are you at AALS? Here’s a Happy Hour for you! [Concurring Opinions]

    8 Comments / / Jan 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM
  • Yelp-Reviews

    Federal Government, Technology

    California’s “Yelp” Bill Becomes Law

    In this age social media justice, sooner or later you’re going to have an encounter with a negative online review, whether your a business owner, or simply a consumer. It seems like it’s becoming an accepted aspect of our lives. Increasingly, however, consumer reviews posted on various Internet sites are becoming the subject of litigation.

    / Sep 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM
  • 220px-Congressman_Darrell_Issa-RF

    Federal Government, Insurance, Politics, White-Collar Crime

    Federal Employees, Legal Fees, and Insurance

    Federal employees caught up in Congressional or inspector general investigations are another sad example; they can be hit with massive fees for something they have no control over.

    17 Comments / / Sep 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM
  • Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

    Technology

    Discovery of Communications Between Insurers and Reinsurers

    In today’s complex work of insurance, many insurance risks are “reinsured” by a separate insurance carrier. In those instances, it is not unusual for insurers and reinsurers to have regular communications concerning the insured, and in particular, concerning matters about which they both have an interest. Most of the time, the insurer and reinsurer consider such communications to be confidential, and not subject to discovery. However, whether seemingly confidential communications between insurers and reinsurers is discoverable in litigation involving an underlying insured is not a clear cut question. Outside of Texas, there is a split of authority regarding the issue of discoverability of reinsurance communications. A recent order issued by the Northern District of Texas demonstrates that such communication can be discoverable if an insured can persuade the court that the sought after information is relevant to his or her underlying claims.

    / Aug 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM
  • Trump-for-Prez

    Advertising, Andrew Cuomo, Benchslaps, Copyright, Donald Trump, Insurance, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.06.14

    * Donald Trump is suing to get his name removed from the Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City because his reputation is tarnished by tacky façades dedicated to giving off the mere illusion of success. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

    * Beset by corruption allegations, Governor Cuomo is using funds out of his campaign war chest to fund his defense rather than squandering taxpayer dollars. Ball’s in your court neighboring state governor. [North County Public Radio]

    * Beau Brindley, a benchslap legend, is now the subject of his very own federal criminal probe after allegedly encouraging a client to lie under oath. A tipster told us last year “this won’t be the last you hear of [Brindley].” How prophetic. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * The woman given a forced blow job simulation for the glory of a 7-inch Burger King burger is speaking out. [Copyranter]

    * The Women’s World Cup is scheduled for next year in Canada, but a number of high-profile players are threatening — with the help of Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Canadian firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt — to sue FIFA for discrimination over its plan to subject the women’s tournament to artificial turf. Are you suggesting FIFA is a disastrously flawed organization? Get out. [Fox Sports]

    * Guess what? Your insurance company isn’t made up of the worst people on the planet. Unless you use this insurance company. Because then, maybe it is. [Gawker]

    * A Harvard Law grad wanted to install an intercom so he invented a system known as “Nucleus” that does the job for less than $200. [Technical.ly Philly]

    * If you’re interested in the fun and exciting world of startups, head on out to Legal Tech SF’s Startup Weekend. It’s August 15-17 at Airbnb headquarters. I assume after August 17 the location reverts to the headquarters of some other company. [Legal Tech SF]

    1 Comment / / Aug 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM
  • Alec Baldwin was such a stud.

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, John Edwards, Morning Docket, Politics, State Judges, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 07.25.14

    * “I don’t care if it’s legal, it’s wrong.” President Obama is pointing the finger at companies using cross-border mergers to avoid U.S. taxes, and he wants to put an end to corporate tax inversions. [Bloomberg]

    * Thomas Christina of Ogletree Deakins is the lawyer behind the recent circuit split on Obamacare’s state versus federal health insurance subsidies. Blame him or praise him, it’s up to you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I think I missed being in the courtroom more than I missed politics.” John Edwards, acquitted in 2012, is making court appearances again, but this time as a lawyer, not as a defendant. [Am Law Daily]

    * A lawyer from Georgia hunts alligators in his spare time, and keeps the taxidermied head of one he caught right on his desk. He says it’s “a great conversation piece,” but that’s a pretty nasty paperweight. Eww. [Daily Report via ABA Journal]

    * In a face-off with Alec Baldwin, a judge asked the actor to apologize. The combative Baldwin said he’d rather pay a fine, but if he can “[b]e a good boy,” his biking charge will be dropped. [New York Daily News]

    0 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM
  • handgun with bullets

    Boutique Law Firms, Guns / Firearms, Insurance, Politics, Quote of the Day, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Television, Videos

    Shoot First, Ask Questions Later — As Long As You Have Insurance

    Want to see a funny video segment about a controversial way of providing legal services to gun owners?

    8 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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  • Made In China

    China, Contracts, Depositions, Insurance, International Law

    How To Prevent ‘Made In China’ Product Labels From Leading To Lawsuits Made In The U.S.A.

    How often do you stop to think about the ubiquitous “Made in China” label? Not as often as you should.

    6 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM
  • stripper pole dancer

    ACLU, Billable Hours, Insurance, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sex, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.11.14

    * Missouri lawyer is hauled into a disciplinary hearing about his practice of showing a picture of a naked woman to a female client. He says it wasn’t about sex and he was just showing her the kinds of pictures that come up in a divorce proceeding. That sounds like a fine explanation. I mean, every divorce involves autographed photos of strippers. He also commingled funds. That’s less easy to explain. [Inside the Ozarks]

    * Hey look! They brought back Debtors’ Prison. The prison-industrial complex has gotta get paid somehow. [Bergen Dispatch]

    * Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are now looking into David Samson, the chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Christie appointee. If government agencies aren’t for petty revenge and plunder, then what are they for? [Talking Points Memo]

    * Insurance company cronies threaten that insurance company may have to get out of the business because of all the lawyers winning cases making the insurance company actually pay their contractual obligations. Don’t they understand the purpose of litigation is just to collect premiums? [Legal Newsline Legal Journal]

    * How ACLU attorney Ben Wizner became Snowden’s lawyer. [Forbes]

    * “One of the reasons I could never imagine being a lawyer is because you have to account for your time in 15-minute increments.” Thankfully she was corrected and told that lawyers are actually more irritatingly measured in 6-minute increments. [Dear Prudence / Slate]

    * With all the talk of patent law reform coming from the President, this is an excellent time to look back at eight dumb patents. [Mashable]

    1 Comment / / Mar 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Amanda Knox

    Biglaw, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Guns / Firearms, Insurance, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Texas, Violence, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 02.27.14

    * Of course there’s a gender pay gap in Biglaw, but none of the firms are going to tell you about it. We’ll be discussing the results of the annual National Association of Women Lawyers survey later today. [ABA Journal]

    * In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Texas struck down its ban on gay marriage, but stayed the ruling pending appeal. Seriously, of all places, this happened in Texas. Yeehaw! Ride ‘em, cowboys! [New York Times]

    * Well, there goes that whole “judgment proof” argument. An insurer must defend the Temple Law student who shot a Fox Rothschild partner’s unarmed son under his parents’ homeowners insurance policy. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * New Mexico Law didn’t like what it found after auditing its SBA’s off-campus bank account. FYI: the SBA apparently isn’t supposed to spend money on bars, liquor, and restaurants. Who knew? [Albequerque Journal]

    * “I don’t want to pay for someone else’s peculiar behavior.” Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, is changing his tune about his former flame as their appeal date gets closer and closer. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Feb 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • happy lawyers

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    The Biglaw 2013 Partnership Class, By Practice Area

    How did the 200 largest law firms in the country apportion their new partners among practice areas?

    6 Comments / / Feb 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM
  • attorney_shingle

    Insurance, Malpractice, Real Estate, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Technology

    5 Things I Wish They’d Told Me When I Started My Law Firm

    One of our small-firm columnists, Carolyn Elefant, looks back on the launch of her practice.

    10 Comments / / Jan 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM
  • StudentLoanDebtMoneyPile

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Insurance, Job Searches, Law Schools, Michael Jackson, Morning Docket, Partner Issues

    Morning Docket: 01.16.14

    * Dewey think you should’ve signed up for the partnership contribution plan? That probably would’ve been wise. One of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s ex-service partners has been forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy thanks to a clawback suit. [Am Law Daily]

    * As long as the job market for new attorneys remains laughable, law schools will continue to make moves when it comes to deep tuition cuts. Say hello to a $30K drop in sticker price, Roger Williams University Law students. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Syracuse Law’s class sizes keep getting smaller, but it was “strategically managed” — just like the new law building was financially strategically managed on the backs of alumni and their tuition. [Daily Orange]

    * A trial date was set for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends who allegedly tried to cover up his role in the Boston bombings. No word yet on whether any stupid girls have set up fan clubs for them. [National Law Journal]

    * The curtains are finally closing on the King of Pop’s life: Lloyd’s of London settled its insurance suit with Michael Jackson’s estate, and Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter conviction was upheld. [AP]

    0 Comments / / Jan 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • Reema Bajaj

    Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, John Marshall Law School, John Roberts, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Religion, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Utah, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 01.02.14

    * In his year-end report, Chief Justice Roberts politely asked Congress to make it rain on the federal judiciary in fiscal year 2014, because “[t]he future would be bleak” without additional funding. [Reuters]

    * Utah finally asked for Supreme Court intervention in its quest to stop gay couples from marrying, but Justice Sotomayor wants a response from the other side before she weighs in. WWSSD? [BuzzFeed]

    * Perhaps Justice Sotomayor saw the humor in this: she just gave a group of nuns a temporary reprieve from having to give out birth control to a bunch of women who have taken vows of chastity. [Bloomberg]

    * Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Steven Davis? Oh boy, Dewey have some news for you! The failed firm’s former chairman is now the chief legal representative for Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “The Second Amendment does not preclude reasonable regulation.” A judge upheld the majority of New York’s new gun laws as constitutional. Opponents are ready to lock and load on appeal. [New York Times]

    * Just because your law school isn’t ranked, it doesn’t mean you can’t dream big. Case in point: one of this year’s Skadden Fellows will graduate from John Marshall (Chicago) this spring. [National Law Journal]

    * Reema Bajaj, the attorney who pleaded guilty to a prostitution charge, decided that she wasn’t in the mood to ride this Johnson any longer. Like her panties, the case has been dropped. [Daily Chronicle]

    2 Comments / / Jan 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM