Morning Docket

  • 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
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.14.10

    * Wednesday showdown with Judge Walker in the Prop 8 trial. Lawyers will make their final arguments. [San Jose Mercury News] * Prop 8 has been Ted Olson’s opportunity to come out… as a contrarian conservative. [Washington Post] * When they said ‘I do,’ did they really, really mean it? The New York “Stokes Unit” […]

    2 Comments / / Jun 14, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  • Andrew Cuomo, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.11.10

    * Americans are warming up to Lady Kaga: public support for confirming Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court has reached 58 percent. [Washington Post] * But two Republican senators have issues with some of the memos Kagan wrote as a law clerk to Justice Marshall. [Associated Press via How Appealing] * As new estimates double […]

    7 Comments / / Jun 11, 2010 at 8:59 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.10.10

    * Unhappy investors in Arizona go after the law firm that drafted papers for the company that allegedly swindled them. Greenberg Traurig is hit with a $52 million lawsuit for allegedly aiding a mortgage fund in a $1 billion fraud. [Courthouse News Service] * Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia’s secret love. [Washington Post] * A […]

    9 Comments / / Jun 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM
  • 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