July 29 roundup

  • Don’t: “Lawyer Disbarred for Verbal Aggression to Pay $9.8M Fine for Hiding Cash Overseas” [Weiss, ABA Journal]
  • Loser-pays might help: “Dropped malpractice lawsuits cost legal system time and money” [Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe]
  • “Kim Kardashian and the Problem With ‘Celebrity Likeness’ Lawsuits” [Atlantic Wire]
  • Kim Strassel on the Franken-spun Jamie Leigh Jones case [WSJ]
  • Peggy Little interviews Prof. Lester Brickman (Lawyer Barons) on new Federalist Society podcast;
  • Worse than Wisconsin? “Weaponizing” recusal at the Michigan Supreme Court [Jeff Hadden, Detroit News]
  • New York legislature requires warning labels for sippy cups [NYDN]


  • The Kim Strassel article on the Jamie Leigh Jones case is behind a paywall. Anyone got a link to a free version?

  • RE: :“Weaponizing” recusal at the Michigan Supreme Court ”

    In New Jersey, when right-wing Gov. Christie refused to reappoint a left-wing judge, the left-wing judge reappointed himself and has provided the deciding vote on some politically-charged cases.

  • Anyone got a link to a free version?

    Not sure how this is going to play out on a site like this, but here goes:

    Step 1: Go to the link provided in the post.
    Step 2: Copy the name of the article.
    Step 3: Search for the article name in Google.
    Step 4: The first result is usually the article in full.

  • Uh, care to explain how a judge can reappoint himself?

  • Hugo and Bill, I believe the chief justice appointed a justice to replace the Justice that Gov. Christie refused to reappoint. This was partly because the senate refused to approve Christie’s nomination to the now-vacant seat. This was in 2010:

    Last May, after holding office for just four months, Christie – a conservative stalwart – effectively “took on” the state’s Supreme Court by becoming the first governor in 63 years to refuse to renominate a sitting justice. The move angered New Jersey’s Democratic establishment and in response, the Senate blocked the governor’s more conservative nominee by refusing to hold a hearing on the nomination.

    That, in turn, led Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to appoint Appellate Judge Edwin Stern as an interim replacement to fill the seat vacated by the outgoing justice. But according to Rivera-Soto, the Chief Justice’s move is unconstitutional because the only lawful reason for a temporary replacement is if it is “necessary.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/11/nj-senate-revolts-against-gov-chris-christie-results-in-supreme-court-standoff/#ixzz1TYxx2Gok