• Eric Holder, Football, Health Care / Medicine, Morning Docket, Paul Clement, Sports, War on Terror

    Morning Docket: 05.05.11

    * DOMA dude Paul Clement filed his first brief as lead counsel for 26 states seeking to nullify Obamacare. In a land of socialist, freeloading, hippie queers, one man stands alone. [Atlanta Journal Constitution] * Actually, that’s not true — The Cooch has Clement’s back (twhs), Tweeting all the misspelled and hilarious punchlines that are […]

    11 Comments / / May 5, 2011 at 9:14 AM
  • Fast Food, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Health Care / Medicine, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.01.11

    * Apparently hearsay exceptions are still hard to grasp, even for justices on the Supreme Court. [CNN Justice] * Threaten judges over a ban on guns and your own guns get banned. Hal Turner gets pistol-whipped by karma. [Bloomberg] * Obama is giving states the “flexibility” to drop federal health care reform by 2014 — […]

    26 Comments / / Mar 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.23.11

    * If I had a nickel for every federal judge who dismissed a challenge to Obamacare, I’d have fifteen cents. Come to think of it, phrasing it that way doesn’t illustrate a whole lot. Oh well. [New York Times] * Tennessee seeks to outdumb every other state with a proposal that would make it a […]

    29 Comments / / Feb 23, 2011 at 9:15 AM
  • Adam Liptak, Health Care / Medicine, Law Professors, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Do the ‘Right’ Thing

    If I were a Republican on the court, I wouldn’t think twice about this if I thought the law was unconstitutional. I don’t think they’re going to take some giant hit on it. — Professor Lee Epstein of Northwestern, commenting to the New York Times on how a Republican-appointed Supreme Court justice might rule on […]

    25 Comments / / Feb 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.07.11

    * Of shaken babies and unsure verdicts. This long piece in the Times Magazine, by Emily Bazelon, is well worth your time. For those who require a funny take on shaking, there’s always this totally NSFW Chris Rock bit. [New York Times Magazine] * What do willful violations of antitrust law and not being admitted […]

    21 Comments / / Feb 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM
  • Environment / Environmental Law, Howrey LLP, Musical Chairs, Non-Sequiturs, Venable

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.02.11

    * I’m doing Non-Sequiturs today, since Elie is too busy marching on City Hall. [Reuters] * A round-up of lawyer moves inside the Beltway — including another defection from Howrey (patent litigatrix Jennifer Dzwonczyk, to Venable). [Capital Comment / Washingtonian] * Speaking of Howrey, Professor Larry Ribstein, a partnership law guru, has some questions about […]

    6 Comments / / Feb 2, 2011 at 6:29 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.02.11

    * A Florida lawyer says he’s a psychic who can commune with the dead. Maybe he’ll be having a chat with his legal career soon. [WFTV Orlando] * How can crazy cabbies avoid lawsuits from crazier passengers in New York? “Cabs shouldn’t pick up women.” Duh. [New York Daily News] * Obamacare might be dead […]

    25 Comments / / Feb 2, 2011 at 9:02 AM
  • Anthony Kennedy, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

    Well this should be fun. Florida federal judge Roger Vinson has struck down the heart of Obama’s health care reform plan, finding that the individual mandate part of the bill is unconstitutional and therefore the whole thing is unconstitutional. As Ashby Jones points out on the WSJ Law Blog, that makes the score 2 – […]

    151 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.19.11

    * What is the difference between abortion and infanticide? [WSJ Law Blog] * The House votes to repeal Obamacare. [Politico] * Today’s decision by the Supreme Court in NASA v. Nelson dodges a big constitutional question — much to the chagrin of Justices Scalia and Thomas. [SCOTUSblog] * Just like Monica Goodling, Danielle Chiesi admits […]

    17 Comments / / Jan 19, 2011 at 6:34 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.19.11

    * Twenty six states hate health care Obama. This law might be more screwed than someone with a pre-existing condition. [Los Angeles Times] * Handcuffed, blindfolded, beaten, and begging to be deported. I think the Justice Department forgot the safe word. [Mother Jones] * Thomas Jefferson School of Law has a great connection to paleontology. […]

    20 Comments / / Jan 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.14.10

    * Judge Henry Hudson, the judge who struck down healthcare, has ties to a Republican consulting firm that did some work for Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli. Of course he does. You don’t think this issue has an objective right or wrong legal answer, do you? [WSJ Law Blog] * A Cardozo student thinks pot can […]

    63 Comments / / Dec 14, 2010 at 6:06 PM
  • Howrey LLP, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.13.10

    * Bad news for Howrey: Gary Bendinger, co-chair of litigation, is leaving for Sidley Austin, along with two other litigation partners, Gregory Ballard and Kevin Burke. [Am Law Daily] * Richard Epstein and Megan McArdle on today’s judicial smackdown of Obamacare. [Instapundit] * Quipped our tipster: “Three cheers to annoying psychology undergrads getting mugged in […]

    13 Comments / / Dec 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM
  • Barack Obama, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, Politics

    Breaking: Health Care Law Ruled Unconstitutional (In Part)

    Virginia 1, Obamacare 0. Ian Gershengorn must be pacing up a storm. Judge Henry E. Hudson (E.D. Va.) just struck down a key provision of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law — namely, the requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance. Judge Hudson held that the insurance mandate exceeds Congress’s authority under the […]

    245 Comments / / Dec 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.09.10

    * The Canadian Supreme Court is debating whether a woman can give prior consent for unconscious anal sex. When it’s that cold, I guess you do really freaky things to stay warm. [Vancouver Sun] * Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is just plain being anal. Yesterday, the Court rejected the first of the Obamacare lawsuits, […]

    32 Comments / / Nov 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM
  • Health Care / Medicine, Musical Chairs, Non-Sequiturs, Scott Black, Securities and Exchange Commission

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.14.10

    * A federal judge allows state challenges to Obamacare go forward. Whatever, wake me up in 15 years when we have to have the single-payer debate again. [Wall Street Journal] * The purpose of teaching lawyers how to act isn’t to help them become better liars. [End Scene, Exit Right]. [Underdog] * “It’s okay in […]

    49 Comments / / Oct 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM
  • 9/11, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.08.10

    * Sh*t just got real. Real canceled. [New York Daily News] * Some activist judge in Michigan refused to strike down Obamacare. [Los Angeles Times] * Aaah, burqa burqa burqa. [CNN] * Guys at Elie’s law school burned 9/11 memorials all the time, it was no big deal. Until prosecutors got tough. [New York Post] […]

    29 Comments / / Oct 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM