Posts Tagged ‘roundups’

June 8 roundup

  • Litigation as foreign policy? Bill authorizing U.S. government to sue OPEC passes House, and is already contributing to friction with Russia [AP; Reuters; Steffy, Houston Chronicle; earlier here, here, and here]

  • Albany prosecutors charge boxing champion’s family with staging 23 car crashes, but a jury acquits [Obscure Store; Times-Union; North Country Gazette]

  • New at Point of Law: Bill Lerach may retire; Abe Lincoln’s legal practice; Philip Howard on getting weak cases thrown out; “Year of the Trial Lawyer” in Colorado; and much more;

  • Multiple partygoers bouncing on a trampoline not an “open and obvious” risk, says Ohio appeals court approving suit [Wilmington News-Journal]

  • Skadden and its allies were said to be representing Chinatown restaurant workers pro bono — then came the successful $1 million fee request, bigger than the damages themselves [NYLJ]

  • Who will cure the epidemic of public health meddling? [Sullum, Reason]

  • Turn those credit slips into gold, cont’d: lawsuits burgeon over retail receipts that print out too much data [NJLJ; earlier]

  • Lawprof Howard Wasserman has further discussion of the Josh Hancock case (Cardinals baseball player crashes while speeding, drunk and using cellphone) [Sports Law Blog; earlier]

  • “Women prisoners in a Swedish jail are demanding the ‘human right’ to wear bikinis so they can get a decent tan.” [Telegraph, U.K.]

  • Disbarred Miami lawyer Louis Robles, who prosecutors say stole at least $13 million from clients, detained as flight risk after mysterious “Ms. Wiki” informs [DBR; earlier at PoL]

  • Indiana courts reject motorist’s claim that Cingular should pay for crash because its customer was talking on cellphone while driving [three years ago on Overlawyered]

June 5 roundup

  • Everyone’s got an opinion on Dr. Flea’s trial-blogging fiasco [Beldar, Childs, Adler @ Volokh (lively comments including Ted), Turkewitz (who also provides huge link roundups here and here), KevinMD]
  • Sidebar: some other doctor-bloggers have shut down or curtailed posting lately amid pressures from disapproving employers and patient-privacy legal worries [KevinMD first, second posts; Distractible Mind, Blogaholic]
  • Amusement park unwisely allows “extremely large” woman to occupy two seats on the roller coaster, and everyone lands with a thump in court [Morris County, N.J. Daily Record via Childs]
  • Prosecutors all over are trying to live down the “Duke effect” [NLJ]; how to prevent the next such debacle [Cernovich]
  • Bad for their image: trial lawyers’ AAJ (formerly ATLA) files ethics complaint against Judge Roy Pearson Jr., of $65 million lost-pants-suit infamy [Legal Times]
  • More suits assert rights to “virtual property” in Second Life, World of Warcraft online simulations [Parloff]
  • Plea deals and immunity in the Conrad Black affair [Steyn, OC Register]
  • Another round in case of local blog sent nastygram for allegedly defaming the city of Pomona, Calif. [Foothill Cities; earlier]
  • “There once was a guy named Lerach…” — Milberg prosecution has reached the limerick stage [WSJ Law Blog comments]
  • Government of India plans to fight Americans’ claims of intellectual property over yoga postures [Times Online; earlier here and here]
  • After car-deer collision, lawyer goes after local residents who allegedly made accident more likely by feeding the creatures [seven years ago on Overlawyered]

Updates – May 31

Updating a couple of stories recently covered here on Overlawyered:

  • First rule of damage control: when you’re in a hole, stop digging. A few weeks ago, we mentioned the West Virginia Attorney General Medicaid scandal (May 19) in which AG Darrell McGraw took it upon himself to spend state funds that he had recovered from Purdue Pharma after suing them for selling Oxycontin. This upset both the federal government, which argues that it has a legal right to some of these funds, and the state legislature, which felt that it should decide how to appropriate state funds. McGraw appears unapologetic and unworried about the federal investigation, but his office did promise the legislature that he would stop spending money. Now LegalNewsline reports that he’s going back on that promise:

    Despite promises and a federal investigation, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw on Wednesday handed out even more of the settlement funds gained in a 2004 agreement with Purdue Pharma.

    McGraw gave $75,000 to the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, which will use the money for its drug treatment and education program. He says the program will affect 20 counties.

    The real problem here is not that the state legislature is annoyed — that’s local politics. The real problem is that if the federal government decides that it is entitled to a share of this money, the state is going to have to come up with millions of dollars to give to the federal government — money that McGraw already spent.

  • Three weeks ago, we noted that a prominent anonymous medical blogger, “Flea,” was liveblogging his malpractice trial, and we discussed the ramifications for Flea’s case. A few hours after we posted about this, Flea stopped — presumably after his attorney had a fit. But apparently that was at least a few hours, or a few weeks, too late; Flea had left enough clues to enable the plaintiff’s lawyer to figure out that Flea is Robert Lindeman, and she questioned him about it on the stand:

    With the jury looking on in puzzlement, Lindeman admitted that he was, in fact, Flea.

    The next morning, on May 15, he agreed to pay what members of Boston’s tight-knit legal community describe as a substantial settlement — case closed.

    The Globe also quotes a trial lawyer as claiming that the plaintiff’s attorney “had telegraphed that she was ready to share Lindeman’s blog — containing his unvarnished views of lawyers, jurors, and the legal process — with the jury,” although it’s not clear to me how his views of lawyers, jurors, and the legal process would be relevant to a medical-malpractice case.

    Incidentally, Flea’s blog is apparently now totally kaput.

May 30 roundup

  • Both sides agree to drop litigation in Islamic Society of Boston mosque-building controversy (Herald, Globe; earlier here, etc.)

  • Australia’s Slater & Gordon becomes world’s first law firm to list itself on stock exchange (SMH, Ribstein; Regan/MacEwen/Ribstein; more)

  • Colo. bar-restitution fund strained after lawyer who “hoped to save the world” plunders $5 million from clients to fuel strip-club-enhanced lifestyle (Rocky Mountain News)

  • A trend? Another restaurant sues over negative review (Delmonico Grill in Port St. Lucie, Fla. against Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and reviewer Patricia Smith; Hometown News)(earlier)

  • Ontario appeals court deems bite of West Nile-infected mosquito to be “accident” triggering insurance coverage [Harikari]

  • Nanny may I? Chicago bans actors on stage from smoking as part of theatrical performance (Lambert); Vancouver condo owner faces suit for smoking on her own patio (AHN, Vancouver Sun); Montgomery County, Md. becomes first county to vote to ban trans fats (Gillespie)

  • Nevada bench colleagues intervene with Judge Elizabeth Halverson: it’s just not done to call your clerk “The Antichrist” or ask court staff to give you foot rubs (Morrison, LVRJ). More: Above the Law;

  • Midwifery in crisis: one D.C. birthing center’s struggle to keep its doors open (WaPo)

  • Some advice: if you’re claiming disability benefit, you might not want to enter and win a strongman competition in which you lift the front end of a car (Telegraph, U.K.)

  • Judge rejects Utah lawyer’s claim that CBS should pay him $5,000 for exposing him to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction (three years ago on Overlawyered)

And more May 17 updates

  • Google beats Perfect 10 in Ninth Circuit appeal over copyright suit over thumbnail images. (Earlier: Feb. 06, Jul. 05, Nov. 04.) [LA Times; WaPo; Bashman; Perfect 10 v. Amazon (9th Cir. 2007)]
  • Judge thinks better over Brent Coon’s attempt to intimidate local press through subpoenas. Earlier: Apr. 24. [WSJ Law Blog]
  • US Supreme Court throws out punitive damages ruling in Buell-Wilson case, lets rest of decision stand. Earlier: Jan. 4 and links therein. Beck and Herrmann also discussed the case in March in the context of a larger discussion of the appropriateness of issuing punitive damages against a company that relied on government safety standards in good faith. [LA Times; AP].
  • Big LA Times piece on the still-pending Extreme Makeover suit, where a family seeks to hold ABC responsible for an intra-household dispute over the spoils of a reality show. Earlier: Mar. 4, Aug. 12, 2005. [LA Times]
  • KFC may have won on trans-fats litigation, as David reported May 3, but they capitulate to Jerry Brown’s pursuit of Lockyer’s equally bogus acrylamide suit over the naturally-occurring chemical in potatoes (Oct. 05, Aug. 05, Aug. 05, May 05, Apr. 04, etc.). KFC will pay a nuisance settlement of $341,000 and will add a meaningless warning in California stores. (Tim Reiterman, “KFC to tell customers of chemical in potatoes”, LA Times Apr. 25).
  • McDonald’s sued over hot coffee. Again. One of the allegations is that McDonald’s failed to secure the lid, which is a legitimate negligence suit, but there’s also a bogus “failure to warn me that coffee is hot” count. [Southeast Texas Record; and a Southeast Texas Record op-ed that plainly read Overlawyered on the subject]

May 8 roundup

Updates – May 2nd

  • Remember those lawsuits over Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle’s plane crashing into an apartment building? (Mar. 2, Apr. 4). Well, the NTSB has issued its final report on the plane crash, and came to the shocking conclusion that poor piloting was involved. But, despite the NTSB’s expertise, it wasn’t able to determine whether Lidle or his instructor, Tyler Stanger, was doing the piloting.

    Does anyone think that the NTSB’s findings, or failure to uncover this information, will affect in any way the progress of the lawsuits which depend on the answer? (Does anyone think that it will in any way prevent the litigants from finding hired gun experts to testify as to who was piloting?) It seems unlikely:

    The Lidle and Stanger families are suing the plane’s manufacturer, and their lawyer criticized the NTSB’s conclusions.

    “It’s not surprising, the Safety Board always blames the pilot in an accident,” said the lawyer, Todd Macaluso. The families fault the plane’s steering mechanism, though the NTSB found no evidence of system, structure or engine malfunction.

  • If you choose to flee from police at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour on well-traveled roads, and the police try to stop you, the Supreme Court sensibly says that you can’t sue the police for violating your constitutional rights when you get injured as a result. (Previously covered: Feb. 27)

    The Supreme Court vote was 8-1, but what was apparently the decisive evidence was that the police officer had a video of the chase (Realmedia), which the Justices were able to review for themselves. If they had been forced to rely upon the description of events by the various parties, the officer would probably have been forced to go to trial.

  • Remember that story of the New York City subway hero who sued his attorney because he claimed that the contract he signed with her to exploit his publicity was unfair? (Overlawyered, Mar. 28) Well, reader Phil Grossman points us to this update:

    The lawyer who’s getting sued for allegedly using “undue influence” to sign Subway Superman Wesley Autrey into a bad deal says she’s the victim – and now she’s suing him.

    Diane Kleiman has filed counterclaims against the selfless hero, charging him with breach of contract. She’s also seeking money for her legal fees and “damages to her reputation.”

    “They’re making me look like a shyster. I’m not a shyster,” Kleiman told The Post. “I’m not money hungry. This is not who I am.

    I’m pretty sure that being forced to publicly deny that you’re a shyster is a bad thing, reputationwise.

April 25 roundup

April 21 roundup

  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: nice summary of suits involving schools and suicidal students, both for allegedly overreacting and allegedly underreacting [On Point; earlier: Apr. 20, Apr. 19, May 30]
  • “If, for example, the University of Southern California here in Los Angeles were shut down every time there was a shooting in the neighborhood, the place would be out of business in less than a month.” [Dunphy @ NRO]
  • Blaming video games for murder (Apr. 18) [Rangel MD; Kotaku]
  • “In such public cases, your opponents attempt to take a picture of you on your worst day and insist that this is who you are as a person. Outside the doors of divorce court, I have friends, I have respect from people I work with and I have a normal relationship with my daughter. All of that is threatened whenever one enters a court room.” [AP/LA Times]
  • ATLA’s nonsense on McCarran-Ferguson [ethicalesq]
  • A case where a witness really was an ass. [MSNBC]
  • “Far from all ‘lawsuit abuse’ is committed by personal injury lawyers.” (We agree.) [BeldarBlog via Schaeffer]

April 19 roundup