Morning Docket

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.24.10

    Ed. note: This post was compiled by one of our seven Morning Docket finalists. The finalists will be handling MD all week. As always, we welcome your thoughts in the comments. * Free Willy? More like $75,000 Willy. SeaWorld gets slapped with major OSHA fines after the February 2010 death of a killer whale trainer. […]

    47 Comments / / Aug 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.23.10

    Ed. note: This post was compiled by one of our seven Morning Docket finalists. The finalists will be handling MD all week. As always, we welcome your thoughts in the comments. * New York’s umm…working class, weighs in on the mosque debate. [Metropolis] * Do lawyers really need new ways to ruin a marriage? [ABA […]

    22 Comments / / Aug 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.20.10

    * And here’s the catch: sign up for the BP settlement fund, waive your right to sue BP and other major defendants. [New York Times] * The only publicly owned law firm seems to be doing well. [Legal Week] * You know how New York City works; when we run out of space, we just […]

    8 Comments / / Aug 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.19.10

    * Mission accomplished? [New York Times] * The DOJ and Barclays bank can kiss and make up, for $298 million dollars. [BLT: Blog of the Legal Times] * You know what the Ground Zero mosque debate really needs? The New York Catholic Church. [NBC New York] * Meanwhile, Obama pledges to support the 9/11 health […]

    7 Comments / / Aug 19, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.18.10

    * Want to visit Cuba? The Obama administration plans to loosen travel restrictions to la isla bonita. [New York Times] * Two federal judges in D.C., Judges Emmet Sullivan and Ellen Segal Huvelle, refuse to rubber-stamp settlements they view as insufficient, in actions brought by the feds against Barclays (Sullivan’s case) and Citigroup (Huvelle’s case). […]

    10 Comments / / Aug 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.17.10

    * Former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) celebrates the Justice Department’s decision to drop its six-year investigation of his dealings with ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. [Washington Post] * Speaking of money and politics, state judicial elections are being flooded with cash. [How Appealing] * Two Stanford Law students strike a blow against California’s three-strikes law. […]

    13 Comments / / Aug 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.16.10

    * Career alternatives for lawyers: Vintner. [New York Times] * When Rudy Lim was poached from DLA Piper to head Duane Morris’s Singapore office, he got a nice pay bump from $300K annually to nearly $700K. To help drive up his worth, though, he forged a pay slip at DLA. The fall-out? A fine, a […]

    7 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Weekend Docket: 08.14.10

    * The third time proves the charm for prosecutors pursuing New Jersey right-wing blogger Hal Turner, who was convicted on Friday of threatening three illustrious Seventh Circuit judges. [AP via Chicago Tribune] * In other Chicago-related news, the actual jury in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial is still out — but the court of public opinion […]

    37 Comments / / Aug 14, 2010 at 5:26 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.13.10

    * Law professors Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman argue against extending copyright protection to fashion designs. [New York Times] * DLA Piper suffers a reversal of fortune — and a reversal of a fortune, to the tune of $22 million. [Am Law Daily] * The Alabama Attorney General, Troy King, has sued BP — over […]

    10 Comments / / Aug 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.12.10

    * Will wedding bells be ringing soon in California? Judge Vaughn Walker will rule today on extending the Prop 8 stay. [Associated Press] * A 32-year-old Canadian lawyer was awarded $6 million after a law firm colleague knocked her down on the dance floor. [The Post] * The Seventh Circuit testifies again in New York. […]

    15 Comments / / Aug 12, 2010 at 9:07 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.11.10

    * Aw. This is quaint: “Why lawyers should work no more than 40 hours a week.” [ABA Journal] * Judge Carl J. Barbier will oversee the BP litigation clean-up. [New York Times; Huffington Post] * Seventh Circuit forgives ERISA “scrivener’s error.” [Reuters via ABA Journal] * The heat is on Google in South Korea. [New […]

    11 Comments / / Aug 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.10.10

    * More good news: on-campus recruiting by law firms appears to be on the upswing. [New York Law Journal] * The D.C. Circuit holds that placing a GPS device inside a suspect’s car and tracking his movements for several weeks requires a warrant. [WSJ Law Blog] * A JetBlue flight attendant who unleashed a profanity-laced […]

    22 Comments / / Aug 10, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.09.10

    * Elena Kagan was sworn in on Saturday… and is still looking for law clerks. [BLT – Blog of the Legal Times] * Entrepreneurial law firms could make out like bandits from the whistleblower incentives in the financial reform bill. [Financial Times] * War crimes trial at the Hague devolves into Naomi Campbell prosecution. [Gawker] […]

    10 Comments / / Aug 9, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  • Morning Docket, Ted Olson

    Morning Docket: 08.06.10

    * While everybody else takes a Prop 8 victory lap, Ted Olson is back at work. [ABA Journal] * BP’s static-kill operation looks like a success. We’re just waiting for the concrete to dry. That wasn’t so hard, was it? [Discover] * Screw outsourcing; more firms should be doing crowdsourcing. [New York Times] * A […]

    9 Comments / / Aug 6, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.05.10

    * SCOTUS to 3 lady justices! The Senate will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court today. [Associated Press] * Can you hear me now not being evil? Google and Verizon’s talks are making net neutrality advocates very nervous. [New York Times] * Rudy Giuliani is tough on crime, but how tough will […]

    11 Comments / / Aug 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM
  • Elena Kagan, Gay, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.04.10

    * Today Judge Vaughn Walker will issue his ruling in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the constitutional challenge to the Prop 8 gay marriage ban in California. Lawyer/journalist Chris Geidner has this great FAQ about it. [Metro Weekly] * A bankruptcy examiner’s report brings mostly good news for lawyers at Brown Rudnick, who had been accused of […]

    14 Comments / / Aug 4, 2010 at 9:10 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.02.10

    * Judge Susan Bolton, who took the teeth out of the Arizona immigration law, has been getting lots of hate mail, including death threats. But loyal readers of Above the Law know it’s not the first time for her. [Chicago Sun-Times] * The ball is in Blake Strode’s court: pro tennis or Harvard Law School? […]

    10 Comments / / Aug 2, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.30.10

    * Health care bill for 9/11 first responders fails to pass the House. The bill failed to garner a 2/3rds majority. [Politico] * …And as the 9/11 bill went down in flames, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) spontaneously combusted. You must watch the video. [Huffington Post] * No plea deal for Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on […]

    35 Comments / / Jul 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM