Settlement

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.30.15

    * The National Association for Law Placement released slightly improved jobs numbers for the law school class of 2014, so yay? [National Law Journal]

    * The battle royale that pits local musicians versus Biglaw heavyweight Skadden continues to rage on. [Washington Post]

    * Guess what? Prosecutors don’t like the Second Circuit’s higher threshold for insider trading cases and now they’d like the Supreme Court to do something about it. [Wall Street Journal]

    * A group of merchants including Amazon, Wal-Mart and Starbucks want the $7 billion settlement negotiated over interchange fees with Visa, Mastercard and American Express in an antitrust case vacated due to attorney Gary Friedman’s alleged misconduct. [Law360]

    * Don’t cha love it when media scandals become real life litigation? All your deflategate legal questions answered. [Stradley Law]

    16 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 8:53 AM
  • Paypal RF

    Technology

    What You Need To Know About The PayPal Settlement

    What is behind the $25 million settlement PayPal entered into with the Consumer Financial Protection Board?

    14 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • Lance Armstrong in happier days. Will he be this victorious in litigation disputes? (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.15.15

    * Lance Armstrong is feuding, again, with former teammate Floyd Landis — this time over discovery [National Law Journal]

    * Remember July 2014 when we all learned that ExamSoft — the bar examination software — totally crapped out on test takers? Yeah, they just reached a $2.1 million settlement.  #NeverForgetBarghazi [Law360]

    * Rejoice haters of measles and other preventable diseases! California is moving to end “personal belief exemptions” for mandatory vaccines. [NPR]

    * In oral arguments for an appeal of the conviction of Jesse Litvak, a bond trader convicted of securities fraud involving government bailout funds, the Second Circuit was skeptical over the fairness of the trial. [New York Law Journal]

    * The FDA finally arrives in the year 2015; plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors. [Jurist]

    *  Senate Judiciary Committee recommends prosecutor Robert Capers the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, filling Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s vacancy. [Wall Street Journal]

    * An analysis of who the winners will be under Google’s new plan to buy up patents before the trolls. [JD Supra]

    30 Comments / / May 15, 2015 at 8:54 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.07.15

    * Are you tired of hearing about Tom Brady’s balls? No? Good. Here’s a great profile of the Paul Weiss litigator that authored the report on deflategate. [New York Times]

    * Good news for all the Pandora listeners out there. The Second Circuit affirmed Pandora’s access to the ASCAP music catalogue. [New York Law Journal]

    * As if the “Jena Six” haven’t been through enough, now one of its members is heading to law school. [American Lawyer]

    * Brewery scores big First Amendment victory. Let’s all celebrate with a nice cold bottle of “Raging Bitch” beer. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The federal government paid $45 million to Northrop Grumman Systems to settle claims it misappropriated trade secrets related to their satellite program. [National Law Journal]

    * The debate over the minimum wage rages on in Ninth Circuit case on the constitutionality of Los Angeles’ Living Wage law. [Law360]

    6 Comments / / May 7, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Gavel-stethoscope

    Health Care / Medicine, Technology

    $150,000 HIPAA Settlement Following Breach of Unsecured PHI Due To Malware

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced on December 8, 2014 that a community behavioral health organization agreed to pay $150,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

    / Dec 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM
  • gavel money

    Finance

    Bank Pays $16M to Settle FDIC Charges Over Credit Card Add-On Products

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reached a $16 million deal with a Utah bank recently, settling charges that the financial institution engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices.

    Merrick Bank violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act in the marketing and servicing of its credit card add-on products, the regulator alleged. From 2008 to 2013, the bank touted its “PAYS Plan” as a payment protection card add-on product that provided a benefit payment toward a customer’s monthly credit card payment when triggered by life events such as involuntary unemployment, disability or hospitalization.

    / Oct 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM
  • Dean Lawrence Mitchell

    Labor / Employment, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    A Super-Salacious Lawsuit, Settled

    What do the parties have to say about the settlement in Professor Raymond Ku’s lawsuit against Larry Mitchell, former dean of Case Western Law?

    11 Comments / / Jul 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM
  • Muscle Milk: drink this and you'll write awesome pro se briefs.

    Drinking, Food, Law Schools, Litigators, Pro Se Litigants

    Muscle Milk + Pro Se Litigant = Hilarity

    Muscle Milk + Pro Se Litigant = Hilarity.

    17 Comments / / Mar 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM
  • LIke

    Facebook, Screw-Ups, Social Media, Social Networking Websites

    Daughter’s Facebook Overshare Costs Dad $80,000​

    Facebook girl doesn’t know what ‘confidentiality’ means.

    29 Comments / / Feb 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM
  • Beyond Biglaw

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Mediation Matters (Part 2)

    How can litigators use mediation as an opportunity to strengthen the attorney-client relationship?

    1 Comment / / Feb 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM
  • Blank Lawyer Type Sign or Shingle.

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Federal Circuit, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Mediation Matters (Part 1)

    How can you make the most out of mediation? Gaston Kroub offers some tips.

    11 Comments / / Feb 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM
  • National_Football_League_2008.svg

    Baseball, Cardozo Law School, Drinking, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Sentencing Law, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.13

    * The NFL has reached a $765 million settlement with the over 4,500 retired concussion victims whose injuries paved the way for the league’s success. [Sports Illustrated]

    * Dennis Rodman confidante Kim Jong-un had his ex-girlfriend executed on pornography charges. Kind of puts the whole “revenge porn” thing in perspective. [The Telegraph]

    * A lawsuit against Curt Schilling, based on allegations that he deceived the state into giving his company $75 million, will go forward. Like most conservative Republicans, Schilling saw no problem with taking millions in handouts from the government so long as poor people don’t get $4.50 a day for food. [Comcast SportsNet]

    * Judge Mark Bennett (N.D. Iowa) ripped the Department of Justice for creating massive drug sentencing disparities because the DOJ went years without a policy for when prosecutors should double the prison time for repeat offenders. In Northern Iowa, that’s a LOT of meth heads in prison. [Des Moines Register]

    * Attorneys for the Governor of Pennsylvania equate gay marriage to letting 12-year-olds marry. Just because a demographic calls everything “gay” doesn’t make them gay. [ABA Journal]

    * Study shows academics use lots of adjectives and adverbs. This is really a very terrific and awesome study. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Polygraphs are inadmissible, but remember invisible jets are A-OK. [Texts from Superheroes]

    * REMINDER: OK NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Cardozo, and NYLS students! It’s time to send nominations to us for where you want us to go on the Great Above the Law/Kaplan Bar Review Bar Crawl. Send bar nominations to tips@abovethelaw.com, subject: “Bar Crawl.” See you on September 18th! [Above the Law]

    1 Comment / / Aug 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM