Morning Docket

  • Morning Docket, Politics, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 06.09.10

    * California businesswomen fared well in last night’s primaries. [Washington Post] * But former lawyer of the Day Orly Taitz, aka “The Birther Queen,” lost in the Republican primary for California secretary of state. [Washington Wire] * Meanwhile, a vote over in the Swiss parliament could derail the delicate deal reached between UBS and the […]

    16 Comments / / Jun 9, 2010 at 9:25 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.07.10

    * Final Fantasy XIII takes the “final” part too far? [San Francisco Weekly] * L.A. judge didn’t inhale marijuana dispensaries’ arguments. [Los Angeles Times] * The too-hot-for-Citibank plaintiff is now in hot water at JP Morgan Chase. [New York Daily News] * Facebook groups and student-created websites can work administrative magic. Seton Hall extends loan […]

    9 Comments / / Jun 7, 2010 at 8:59 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.04.10

    * The papers of Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom Elena Kagan clerked, may offer the left some reassurance on Kagan’s liberal bona fides. [CBS News] * Meanwhile, a USA Today/Gallup poll finds that public support for confirming Kagan is a little on the low side compared to that of other recent nominees (except for Harriet […]

    10 Comments / / Jun 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.03.10

    * J.P. Morgan Chase gets smacked, hard. [Wall Street Journal] * The Blagojevich trial is going to be more dramatic than TNT’s summer lineup. [Chicago Sun-Times] * Southern prosecutors are still very successful at excluding African-Americans from juries. [New York Times] * .. Which isn’t to say the South hasn’t made a lot of progress. […]

    24 Comments / / Jun 3, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.02.10

    * Here’s a nice primer on the legal landscape faced by BP, already confronting some 150 civil lawsuits, as well as governmental investigation. [New York Times] * Despite condemnation from the White House and a possible federal lawsuit brought by the Justice Department, Arizona’s tough new immigration law enjoys popular support among the American electorate. […]

    14 Comments / / Jun 2, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Memorial Day Docket

    Ed. note: ATL is on holiday today, in recognition of Memorial Day. We’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. * Peter Erlinder, a professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., is on the wrong side of the law in Rwanda for promoting “genocidal ideology.” [Star Tribune; Pioneer Press; Katz […]

    31 Comments / / May 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.27.10

    * An ex-partner of Lindquist & Vennum, Michael Margulies, allegedly embezzled some $2 million from the firm and its clients between 1994 and 2010. [Star Tribune via ABA Journal] * More fodder for the BP lawsuits. [New York Times] * Robert Morgenthau is back. [New York Daily News] * Massachusetts AG’s office wants to do […]

    10 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 8:30 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.26.10

    * Senators urge the Justice Department to go after BP, Transocean, and any other companies that might be responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] * Ana Marie Cox interviews Chris Geidner about repealing 10 U.S.C. § 654 — the first step in dismantling the military’s “don’t ask, […]

    13 Comments / / May 26, 2010 at 8:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.25.10

    * A forthcoming report from the inspector general’s office alleges inappropriate and illegal conduct by employees of the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. [New York Times] * The White House has lent its support to a possible compromise worked out between legislators and the […]

    3 Comments / / May 25, 2010 at 8:47 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.24.10

    * No charges will be filed against certain and current and former AIG executives. [Wall Street Journal] * Elena Kagan’s wardrobe isn’t a topic just for legal tabloids anymore. [Washington Post] * The New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, is officially running for Governor. [New York Daily News] * There’s a new nominee for deputy […]

    15 Comments / / May 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Arlen Specter, Elena Kagan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.19.10

    * Sen. Arlen Specter — a Yale Law School grad and former Philadelphia district attorney, by the way — loses the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania; ophthalmologist Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul, wins the Republican primary in Kentucky. [Washington Post] * BP hires Kirkland & Ellis for the oil spill litigation — a sign […]

    15 Comments / / May 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.12.10

    * Are we witnessing the start of an M&A boom? Here’s a round-up of the firms that have snagged the latest work. [Am Law Daily] * BP wants the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases to be consolidated and heard in federal court in Houston (S.D. Tex.). [Bloomberg via WSJ Law Blog] * The U.S. […]

    4 Comments / / May 12, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.30.10

    * The feds — this time federal prosecutors, on the criminal side, not just the SEC — might be going after Goldman. [New York Times] * A lot of talking heads like the idea of a SCOTUS nominee who’s not already a judge — but among the general public, judicial experience reigns supreme. [Washington Post] […]

    19 Comments / / Apr 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.14.10

    * A new Nebraska law banning most abortions 20 weeks after conception or later could set up a SCOTUS showdown on legalized abortion. [New York Times] * Speaking of the Supreme Court, Anthony Lewis assesses the legacy of Justice Stevens — and offers some thoughts on filling JPS’s seat. [New York Review of Books] * […]

    24 Comments / / Apr 14, 2010 at 8:29 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.31.10

    * Obama signs the student loan overhaul into law. [New York Times] * It’s official: Andrew Giuliani’s lawsuit against Duke, for kicking him off the golf team, has been dismissed. (A magistrate judge previously recommended dismissal, in a humorous opinion.) [Durham Herald-Sun] * Billionaire Mark Cuban, represented by Dewey & LeBoeuf, takes the offensive against […]

    7 Comments / / Mar 31, 2010 at 8:44 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.24.10

    * Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (pictured), a hero to conservatives, has sued the federal government over health care reform, based on a recently passed Virginia law that bars the government from requiring people to buy health insurance. [Washington Post] * Doctors introduce poor people to lawyers, who help them out through “preventive law.” [New […]

    58 Comments / / Mar 24, 2010 at 9:07 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 01.28.10

    * As we noted last night, Supreme Court bashing in a State of the Union address is a rare thing. Though Obama is following in Roosevelt’s footsteps once again. [BLT] * Linda Greenhouse’s take on Justice Alito’s reaction to the SotU. [New York Times] * Florida Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty yesterday. He finds […]

    18 Comments / / Jan 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM
  • India, Morning Docket, Rod Blagojevich

    Morning Docket 12.17.09

    * Mumbai high court upholds 1995 decision invalidating licenses for White & Case, Ashurst and Chadbourne & Park to open firms in India. Unless the government changes the law, that goes for any other non-Indian firm that wants to open an office there. Partnerships with Indian firms and offshore work still welcome, of course. [Bloomberg] […]

    18 Comments / / Dec 17, 2009 at 8:25 AM