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    Non-Sequiturs: 12.03.14

    * As we’ve addressed, the grand jury declined to indict the officer in the police-cause homicide — per the medical examiner — of Eric Garner. [New York Times]

    * This is a good time to remember Eric Garner was killed for the horrible crime of selling loosies, a product that developed a black market in NYC in response to rising cigarette taxes. Evading cigarette taxes should be a crime. But, like, a “here’s your $50 ticket” crime, not the death penalty. [Huffington Post]

    * An anonymous Georgetown law student has filed suit against the school and one of its instructors, Rabbi Barry Freundel, for “luring her to the bath as part of her studies at the school.” And who didn’t have that lesson in Civ Pro? [Washington Post]

    * Another in the continuing series looking back on a decade of Chief Justice Roberts. This time looking back at the slow and steady drive to curtail women’s rights. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Remember the woman suing the owner of the dog that her dogs killed? She’s dropped her suit. [ABC News]

    * The Bar Association of San Francisco is hosting an event next Tuesday featuring Chief Judge Alex Kozinski entitled: The Wizard of Koz. Um, may not be the best time to use to “Cos” sound in a title. But that aside, it promises to be an interesting event if you’re in the area. [San Francisco Bar]

    * Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop talks cyberattacks and admits what everyone else wants to deny: law firms are a weak link in cybersecurity. [Bloomberg TV]

    10 Comments / / Dec 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM
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    Drugs, FDA

    Regulators Fear Stephen Dorff Will Make Children Smoke Cigarettes

    The only thing that could make E-cigs cool is if the government banned them.

    17 Comments / / Sep 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM
  • Burns Sunblocker

    FDA, Tobacco / Smoking

    Next From The Nanny State: Bloomberg Tries To Make You Not Think About Cigarettes

    Mayor Mommy takes another swipe at cigarette smokers…

    60 Comments / / Mar 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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    Benchslaps, Biglaw, Bonuses, Federal Judges, John Roberts, Law School Deans, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 11.28.12

    * Chief Justice John Roberts gave a Solicitor General’s Office attorney a vicious tongue-lashing for failure to be upfront about policy changes between presidents. Now that’s what we’d call a verbal benchslap! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * When asked if they’d be following Cravath’s bonuses, a dozen Am Law 100 firms didn’t even care to respond or discuss the matter. It seems the partners would rather keep their associates squirming with suspense a while longer. [Am Law Daily]

    * Watch out, world, because Catholic University of America just hired a Biglaw senior partner to lead its law school. Say hello to Dean Daniel Attridge, formerly managing partner at the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. [National Law Journal]

    * A federal judge ordered tobacco companies to disclose in product warnings that they chemically induce smoking addictions to turn a profit, but those fools will keep puffing their cancer sticks anyway. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This just in from Flori-duh: you know you’re probably going to have a bad day in court when the judge won’t declare a mistrial even though the prosecutor technically wasn’t a member of the state Bar. [Miami Herald]

    1 Comment / / Nov 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Nicollette Sheridan

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Defamation, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Television, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 03.20.12

    * It’s time for the Supreme Court to sound off on the battle over women’s wombs, and you know it’s bad when even a sitting justice calls it “a mess.” Can a child conceived after a parent’s death receive survivor benefits? [CNN]

    * Disgusting health warning pictures on cigarette packaging and advertising: now constitutional according to the Sixth Circuit. Maybe this will inspire people to quit a habit that’s almost equally as disgusting. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * When Biglaw is involved, so is big money. Say “aloha” to the largest personal injury settlement in Hawaii’s history. The state will pay $15.4M over the hiking death of Gibson Dunn partner Elizabeth Brem. [Am Law Daily]

    * A lawsuit filed against fashionista Alexander Wang over his alleged “sweatshop” has been discontinued, and not because there isn’t a case, but because the lawyers on either side have major beef. [New York Magazine]

    * The Better Business Bureau has moved to dismiss a Florida law firm’s suit over its “F” grade. Because sometimes the truth hurts, but that doesn’t mean you can sue over it if you don’t like it. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * The biggest bimbo from Wisteria Lane gets screwed again, but this time in court. A mistrial has been declared in Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against the producers of “Desperate Housewives.” [Reuters]

    9 Comments / / Mar 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • 9/11, Ben Wittes, Conferences / Symposia, Federalist Society, Pornography, Quote of the Day, Tobacco / Smoking, War on Terror

    Quote of the Day: Dangerous Addictions

    When you stop smoking, the cigarettes don’t get together to figure out how to kill you anyway. – Benjamin Wittes, on a panel at the National Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society, responding to the observation that smoking and traffic accidents cause more deaths in a year than 9/11. (Julian Sanchez discusses what the web […]

    48 Comments / / Nov 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM
  • Morning Docket, Samuel Alito, Sports, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 03.21.11

    * Sammy Alito and the roots of a compassionate constitutional conservatism. By Emily Bazelon. Foreblurb by Juggalo Law. [New York Times] * A U.S. vulture fund is having problems collecting a certain debt from the Democratic Republic of Congo via certain chinamen. Yes, I know that’s not the preferred nomenclature. But these men actually do […]

    28 Comments / / Mar 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Tobacco / Smoking, Travel / Vacation

    Elie’s Vacation Memo: Time To Turn Over a New Leaf (And Try Not To Smoke It)

    As regular readers know, this is usually the time of year I go to Vegas, blow my bonus, and come back to work a week later angrier than ever. Well, this year, it’s going to be different. Oh, don’t worry, when I return to Above the Law’s pages on March 14th, I’m sure I’ll be […]

    112 Comments / / Mar 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM
  • 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
  • Barry Bonds, Baseball, Celebrities, Immigration, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Prisons, Sports, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 02.11.11

    * If the Muslim Brotherhood gains power in Egypt, they will impose sharia law. Just like Oklahoma! [ABC Online] * Lindsay Lohan took to Twitter to announce that she “was not raised to lie, cheat, or steal.” Well, nature it is. [msnbc.com] * Arizona is suing the federal government over the porous border. Mr. Obama, […]

    18 Comments / / Feb 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM
  • Lawyer of the Day, Police, Tobacco / Smoking

    Lawyer of the Day: What Are You Going To Do, Arrest Me for Smoking?

    Smokers are not crazy. I know it seems like we’re crazy. I know what non-smokers think: “Why would you put something in your body that you know will give you cancer?” It’s not like the explanation is particularly complicated: 1) it’s a narcotic and people get addicted, and 2) some people aren’t terribly worried about […]

    99 Comments / / Dec 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

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