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  • Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.28.10

    * A team of federal investigators called the “BP Squad” is starting up a criminal investigation into BP and its pals, Transocean and Halliburton. [Washington Post] * The four justices of the Utah Supreme Court have reversed the rape convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. No word yet on their response to his marriage proposal. […]

    9 Comments / / Jul 28, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.26.10

    * A lawyer with an interesting business model in Florida: When a client didn’t pay his fees, he burglarized his home. [Orlando Sentinel] * Can you sue me now? Mobile phone industry association files a lawsuit against San Francisco over its requirement that cell phones have radiation warnings. [San Francisco Chronicle; Ars Technica] * Pentagon […]

    48 Comments / / Jul 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.22.10

    HELP WANTED: We are looking for a writer to take over Morning Docket duties from the three of us. To learn more and apply, please see this post (a prior solicitation for MD writer applications). The only difference is that now the post comes with a modest monthly stipend. * No criminal charges will be […]

    40 Comments / / Jul 22, 2010 at 8:50 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.21.10

    * There’s a fine line between flirting and stalking. [ABA Journal] * The summer associate hiring numbers. [AmLaw Daily] * In the case of “the man who may share ownership of Facebook with Zuckerberg,” Facebook got out of state court, but things aren’t looking great in federal court. Mark Zuckerberg is “unsure” whether he signed […]

    28 Comments / / Jul 21, 2010 at 8:50 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.20.10

    * The Senate Judiciary Committee should vote on Elena Kagan today. I’ll set the over/under for Republican support at 1. But I’m going to go out on a limb and take the over: Graham and Hatch. [Washington Post] * In case you were wondering, yes, the summer job market in NYC really is that depressing. […]

    19 Comments / / Jul 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • Department of Justice, Jay Bybee, Morning Docket, Office of Legal Counsel, S.D.N.Y.

    Weekend Docket: 07.17.10

    * An interesting look at the role played by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and his S.D.N.Y. colleagues in the recent Russian spy swap. [New York Times] * The government’s obscenity case against porn purveyor John Stagliano has climaxed… in a dismissal. [Politico via First One @ One First] * Now that the damn hole is […]

    15 Comments / / Jul 17, 2010 at 12:26 PM
  • Gay Marriage, Immigration, JPMorgan Chase, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.15.10

    * JPMorgan Chase kicks off earning season with strong numbers. You wonder if this will give Jamie Dimon even more clout has he lobbies on the financial reform bill. [CNN Money] * Argentina legalizes gay marriage. [New York Times] * Hogan Lovells partner Scott McInnis admits he committed plagiarism in 1984. He’d still like to […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.14.10

    * A possible upside to jury duty: getting to watch porn in court? [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] * Things just got hard in the Big Easy for six New Orleans police officers, who are now accused by the feds of shooting unarmed citizens and/or conspiring to cover it up. [New Orleans Times […]

    7 Comments / / Jul 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.09.10

    * Appeals Court shuts down Obama, kind of like how LeBron just shut down Cleveland. [New York Times] * The great spy swap is happening. Too bad we can’t send LeBron to Soviet Russia. [CNN] * LiLo’s new lawyer is very inexperienced. But at least she passed the bar. “King” James has never won a […]

    33 Comments / / Jul 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.08.10

    * Don’t abuse the temp help. Contract lawyer Moshe Koplowitz is suing New York firm Labaton Sucharow for overtime pay. [New York Times] * Lawyers say spy swap will happen soon. [Associated Press; New York Times] * You can clear your court record but not your Google record. [Philadelphia Inquirer] * No foul play suspected […]

    19 Comments / / Jul 8, 2010 at 9:09 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.07.10

    * A 22-year-old soldier accused of downloading classified information and providing some of it to Wikileaks has been formally charged. [New York Times] * Talk about a Mean Girl: Judge Marsha Revel sentences Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail, plus 90 days in a locked-down rehab center, for multiple probation violations. [Los Angeles Times; […]

    5 Comments / / Jul 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.01.10

    * It’s too bad that Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana can’t seal the slick as easily as he can his office’s oil-spill records. [New York Times] * Rockin’ New York judge Matthew D’Emic is trying to decide what to rename his band. Possibilities: Rock-n-Robes, L.L. Cool Judge and The Electric Chairs. [Associated Press] * Eric […]

    11 Comments / / Jul 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.29.10

    * Yesterday was a big day at the Supreme Court. Who were the Biglaw winners and losers at One First Street? [Am Law Daily] * Of the four opinions from yesterday, McDonald v. Chicago, aka “the guns case,” seems to have generated the most headlines. [How Appealing (linkwrap)] * And Solicitor General Elena Kagan wants […]

    9 Comments / / Jun 29, 2010 at 7:49 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.28.10

    * Sen. Robert Byrd passes away at the age of 92. [Washington Post] * Wasn’t Guantanamo Bay supposed to be closed by now? I could have sworn the guy who said he would close it won the presidential election. [New York Times] * How many Republicans do you think will end up voting for Kagan’s […]

    21 Comments / / Jun 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM
  • Al Gore, Andrew Cuomo, Morning Docket, YouTube

    Morning Docket: 06.24.10

    * An inconvenient truth? A massage therapist in Oregon previously accused Al Gore, once thought to be a robot eunuch, of unwanted sexual advances. Is this why the Gores’ marriage didn’t have a happy ending? [Associated Press] * YouTube scores a “decisive win” over Viacom in their long-running litigation over copyright infringement, thanks to the […]

    19 Comments / / Jun 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.23.10

    * Judge Martin Feldman, who put the kibosh on Obama’s deep-water drilling ban, previously disclosed investments in Transocean, Halliburton, and other energy companies. [Associated Press] * All former solicitors general have endorsed current solicitor general Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, with one exception: Bork, J., dissenting. [WSJ Law Blog and The BLT: The Blog […]

    31 Comments / / Jun 23, 2010 at 8:56 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.22.10

    * The NYT takes a look at law schools’ overnight grade inflation “grade reform” efforts (and includes a nice shout-out to Above the Law). [New York Times] * Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber, pleads guilty to all ten counts against him. [WSJ Law Blog] * Recaps of the four Supreme Court opinions handed […]

    11 Comments / / Jun 22, 2010 at 8:55 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.16.10

    * Last night, in his first Oval Office address, Obama called for fast Senate action on proposed energy legislation and announced the appointment of a former Justice Department lawyer to overhaul the Minerals Management Service. [Washington Post] * Attorneys general from 30 states are talking about launching a joint investigation into Google’s improper collection of […]

    54 Comments / / Jun 16, 2010 at 8:57 AM