Saturday, December 14, 2002
How to Start a SCOTUS Practice (Plus, Books You Can Buy Me For Festivus!)
I realize I'm just republishing the newspaper here, but I found it interesting.
ACLU Compared to Taliban in Fight Over Ten Commandments Display in Courthouse
The argument may have looked good at the time it was drafted into the opening brief, but its target appears to have made better use of it in opposition. Read all about it here.
The Evil Billable Hour, Redux
(and the reports it links to) envisions a day when lawyers discard the billable hour and return to sanity.
Village Women Threaten Nudity
Read California Justice William Bedsworth's story
about recent goings on in Nigeria.
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
$11.2 Million For Fired Mary Kay Worker With Cancer
Think you can trash your workers because they are "independent contractors" and not "employees"? Think again
, at least in Texas.
Punitive Damages at the High Court
Yet another interesting oral argument at the Supreme Court today, this one concerning punitive damage awards
"A Charlie Brown Redneck Christmas"
There was a very interesting oral argument concerning a Virginia law prohibiting cross burning at the Supreme Court today. Read an excellent account of it by (yeah, I know . . . ) Dahlia Lithwick at Slate here
. Read some interesting quotations from the arguments provided by the AP here
(may require registration). And, while you're at it, you can read law.com's coverage
of the argument too.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
"Fat Suits" Against Fast Food Companies
Here's a longish article
discussing the recent lawsuits against McDonalds and others alleging that their products caused plaintiffs' obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. I found it quite interesting -- especially concerning the similarities to and differences from the tobacco litigation.
Cooley Hit-And-Run Case Affecting Firm Cell Phone Policies
Was that a deer or a human I hit? And was I transacting Firm business at the time? law.com reports on it here.
High Court to Weigh Punitives
On Wednesday 12/11, the Supreme Court hears arguments about the limits of juries' punitive damages awards. Read about it here
Whatever you think of IOLTA, the case is far from over. Read about today's oral arguments before the Supreme Court here.
Read my earlier discussion about the case below.
The CSM weighs in here
Boalt Dean Dwyer's Problems Include Estranged Brother
A history of seducing women, and sleeping with students? Doesn't sound good. Read the LA Times' coverage here
. (May require registration.)