• Ted Cruz

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.14.16

    * If you were a Biglaw partner at a troubled firm who managed to escape before the sh*t really hit the fan, and you now feel bad for those you left behind, don’t worry. We know you might not be familiar with emotions, but “[i]t’s a legitimate human feeling.” [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Just when you thought Ted Cruz was eligible to run for president, some renowned legal scholars have crawled out of the woodwork to state the complete opposite — and some have even published law review articles about it. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Those contract attorneys who sued for overtime pay at their doc review jobs made an impact, but it might not have been the kind they were hoping for. Many law firms and staffing agencies have stopped offering overtime work at all. [New York Law Journal]

    * Florida’s death row inmates are stuck in legal limbo now that SCOTUS invalidated the state’s capital punishment sentencing regime as unconstitutional. Maybe the state where people go to die should consider repealing its death penalty altogether. [Reuters]

    * Oh my God (but not his): An atheist lawyer is suing to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from all U.S. currency because he says it violates the separation between church and state. He’s filed God-related lawsuits in the past, and lost them all. [Cleveland.com]

    93 Comments / / Jan 14, 2016 at 8:57 AM
  • Computer doc review

    2nd Circuit, Contract Attorneys

    Second Circuit Sympathetic To Contract Attorneys?

    Is it possible the 2d Circuit will be on the side of doc reviewers?

    30 Comments / / Jun 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM
  • Cars RF

    Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Labor / Employment

    The Cautionary Tale Of A Contract Attorney’s Biglaw Lawsuit

    After suing Biglaw for overtime and losing, a contract attorney is now living out of his car.

    26 Comments / / Sep 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM
  • Where's my money?

    Labor / Employment, Money, Paralegals, Quote of the Day

    Do Paralegals Deserve Overtime Pay?

    A new lawsuit alleges that this firm doesn’t pay its paralegals for overtime work.

    19 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM
  • Lady Gaga 2

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Celebrities, D.C. Circuit, FCC, Federal Judges, Food, john quinn, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Technology, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.11.13

    * Earlier this week, Verizon faced off against the Federal Communications Commission in a net neutrality battle royal before the D.C. Circuit. Next time, make FiOS work before trying to get a do-over on the way the internet runs. [New York Times]

    * “I see my job as an air traffic controller. And I see an unending line of airplanes.” Federal judges are buckling under the heavy weight of their caseloads, and from the sound of it, they’re not at all happy about the situation. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Which Biglaw firms strike the most fear into the hearts of their opponents when it comes to litigation? One firm got the boot from last year’s list, and we’ll have more on this later today. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Duane Morris is the first U.S. firm to open an office in Myanmar on some prime real estate. Be jealous of their associates as they bask in the splendor of its beautiful architecture. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * A trio of Quinn Emanuel partners, including John Quinn himself, teamed up to open a high-class sushi joint in L.A. If he waits tables, he’ll definitely need someone to break a hundred. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former student’s suit against Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and now he’ll have to live with shame for all eternity after being branded a cheater. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Strippers aren’t independent contractors, they’re employees entitled to minimum wage, says a judge. Taking off their clothes for only $7.25 an hour will do wonders for their self-esteem. [New York Daily News]

    * Lady Gaga is being taken to trial over the wage-and-hour lawsuit filed by her former personal assistant. We wonder if the pop star will be as foul-mouthed on the stand as she was in her deposition. [ABC News]

    6 Comments / / Sep 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • gaga RF

    Celebrities, Depositions, Labor / Employment, Music, Rudeness

    Lady Gaga Is the Most Foul-Mouthed Deponent of All Time

    Lady Gaga is famous for her music, but now she’s being made famous for her abusive deposition testimony.

    10 Comments / / Feb 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM
  • boromir

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Old People

    Why Americans Need to Work Less (Lawyers, You Too)

    This is America. We are always connected, always on call, and ignoring your BlackBerry for more than 90 minutes is a firing offense. It wasn’t always this way. And there are some heretics among us who make a compelling case for a return to the 40-hour work week. Before you shoot the scruffy Californian, hear me out….

    65 Comments / / Mar 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM
  • Biglaw, Labor / Employment, Money

    Silly Lawyer, Overtime Is For Kids

    A San Francisco appeals court decided that law clerks still waiting to pass the bar are ineligible for overtime pay. We know struggling law grads out there are eager to wring every last penny they can out of their employers. But if you step back and think about it, paying law clerks overtime is just stupid. Sorry, law clerks. Even though many of you don’t use it, you guys have way too much independent discretion to get overtime….

    49 Comments / / Aug 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM
  • Biglaw, California, Crime, Law Schools, Morning Docket, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 08.19.11

    * This Cooley lawsuit is a “mystery.” They don’t game the numbers, they just do what “everybody else does.” Need a rimshot? [National Law Journal] * Yesterday team Bingham McCutchen struck out swinging, and now Frank McCourt is poised to hit it out of the park. [Boston Herald] * Recent law grads can kiss their […]

    13 Comments / / Aug 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM