• Jared Fogle (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.20.15

    * Jared Fogle, Subway’s former spokesman, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to sex with minors and child pornography, and was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. His creative defense? Losing weight on the Subway diet made him choose to erm… “eat fresh.” Yuck. [Washington Post]

    * Biglaw firms have been announcing their new partnership classes over the past few weeks, and it goes without saying that the vast majority of new partners attended highly ranked law schools. Take a wild guess at which school was the most represented. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Per the latest report from the NALP, women and African-Americans continue to falter in their career progress at Biglaw firms. James Leipold says it’s “troubling” that the numbers are “reversing course.” We couldn’t agree more. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * UnitedHealth recently announced that it expects to suffer in terms of its insurance sales under the Affordable Care Act, and has gone so far as to threaten that it may pull out of the exchange. Here are five things you need to know about that. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * One of the members of Survivor filed a copyright infringement suit against Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign after the song “Eye of the Tiger” was played during a rally held for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Now it’s stuck in your head. Welcome! [Reuters]

    39 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • stethoscope on cash

    Biglaw, Health Care / Medicine

    Leaked Memo: Which Biglaw Firm May Bar Some Attorneys From Insurance Coverage?

    Today, we can add one more firm to the growing list of legal employers where workers feel they’ve been wronged by management in terms of their insurance coverage.

    26 Comments / / Nov 17, 2015 at 1:32 PM
  • stethoscope on cash

    Biglaw, Health Care / Medicine

    Biglaw Compensation Leader Makes Costly Changes To Its Health Insurance Plan

    Is your firm planning to institute serious changes to its health insurance plan in 2016?

    19 Comments / / Nov 11, 2015 at 12:22 PM
  • Cast of the 17th season of Law & Order: SVU


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.14.15

    * Remember the story about that aunt suing her nephew for hugging her that went viral yesterday? What if there really is a good reason for it, and it is all the insurance industry’s fault? [New York Personal Injury Law Blog] * It isn’t sex or violence, but it is the most challenging part of […]

    13 Comments / / Oct 14, 2015 at 5:14 PM
  • fraud claim


    Biglaw Senior Associate Allegedly At Center Of Fraudulent Scheme

    You know it’s gonna be a fun case when the parties are already willing to take shots.

    29 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM
  • 800px-US_Navy_050902-N-5328N-228_Four_days_after_Hurricane_Katrina_made_landfall_on_the_Gulf_Coast,_many_parts_of_New_Orleans_remain_flooded


    The Gulf Coast Legal Community: A Footnote To The History Of Hurricane Katrina

    Reflecting on the legal community’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

    33 Comments / / Aug 28, 2015 at 10:46 AM
  • 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


    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: 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


    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. [ 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
  • facepalm LF

  • 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