Tobacco / Smoking

  • 11th Circuit, 7th Circuit, Cellphones, Deaths, Immigration, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Privacy, Richard Posner, Technology, Tobacco / Smoking, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 03.01.12

    * A federal judge tossed out a law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. If paying $7 a pack doesn’t stop you from buying smokes, I don’t think nasty photos will either. [CNN]

    * SCOTUS won’t deal with Arizona’s controversial immigration law for a couple months, but the 11th Circuit will hear oral arguments about Alabama’s even stricter law today. But why would you immigrate to Alabama, of all places? Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Seventh Circuit ruled that police can search a cellphone for its number without a warrant. Judge Richard Posner compared it to law enforcement’s ability to open a pocket diary and copy the owner’s address. The bigger question is: do drug dealers keep diaries? [Wall Street Journal]

    * James Murdoch, the News Corp. heir apparent, has resigned in the wake of the News of the World scandal and related lawsuits. Now everyone can just go back to reading British tabloids for the Page Three Girls. [Los Angeles Times]

    * RIP Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, the prosecutor who secured a conviction of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, and the Army paratrooper portrayed in the book and HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Mar 1, 2012 at 8:35 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

    Morning Docket: 05.11.11

    * SlutWalk: no, I’m not talking about your weekend plans. Don’t tell law students not to dress like sluts, because they’ll use their brains and hold a half-naked protest about it. [CNN World] * More than 23,000 people downloaded The Expendables? Seriously? You deserve to be sued. My boyfriend made me see that movie, and […]

    34 Comments / / May 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM
  • 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. [] * 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
  • Tobacco / Smoking, Tort Reform

    Judge to Mitigate Damages Out of Pity For Philip Morris Counsel

    A Florida state court judge, Jeffrey Streitfeld, has decided that the largest individual award to a former smoker is excessive. The Daily Business Review (gavel bang: ABA Journal) reports on the good news for tobacco peddler Philip Morris: Calling the $300 million jury verdict “excessive” and “shocking,” Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld said he would determine a […]

    93 Comments / / Feb 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM
  • In-House Counsel, Musical Chairs, Tobacco / Smoking

    Musical Chairs: Kirkland Litigation Partner David Bernick to Philip Morris

    Kirkland & Ellis is known for its powerful litigators and leading litigation department. Though Gibson Dunn was happy to knock Kirkland from its Amlaw “Litigation Department of the Year” throne this year. Kirkland is suffering another big knock this week. Litigation co-chair David Bernick has developed a tobacco addiction. Here’s a quote from Bernick included […]

    89 Comments / / Jan 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM
  • Tobacco / Smoking

    Smoking Hot

    If you live in NYC, you’re used to smoking being banned in almost every place of business; your law dates back to 2003. DC caught up in January of 2007. However, the pro-health laws have had a harder time down south where people get all hot and bothered when the government tries to tell ’em […]

    68 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM