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March 30, 2015
DOJ and FBI to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will for the first time begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs.…

March 30, 2015
Lawyer gets 10-year sentence for role in stealing $3.8M from elderly victims

A New Jersey lawyer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her part in a scheme to steal $3.8 million from 16 elderly…

March 30, 2015
Are bloggers way overreacting? Kagan’s use of ‘way’ as an adverb gets noticed

Did Justice Elena Kagan make history when she used “way” as an adverb in an opinion this week? Kagan wrote (PDF) that pharmaceutical company…

March 30, 2015
Plea deal rejected for 3 partners in claimed DUI set-up of opposing trial counsel

A Florida Bar referee has rejected a plea deal for three Adams & Diaco partners accused of playing a role in arranging for opposing counsel…

March 30, 2015
Firms of the future must orbit around the client

I recently received a strategy presentation from a very sophisticated law firm, which can be summarized in one, MBA-ish slide. The client is in the…

March 30, 2015
Federal judge scolds BigLaw lawyers for ‘behemoth pleadings’ and ‘prolixity’

A federal judge in Manhattan is ordering lawyers in a United Parcel Service lawsuit to file new pleadings that are short and plain, in keeping…

March 30, 2015
Lawyer’s proposed gay death penalty is ‘reprehensible,’ says state AG in bid to stop ballot process

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says a lawyer’s proposed anti-gay ballot measure is “utterly reprehensible” and “patently unconstitutional,” and she doesn’t want to take steps…

March 30, 2015
Homeowner’s ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ suit against neighbor fails on appeal

A homeowner who claimed he suffered “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” as a result of his neighbor’s cellphone and Wi-Fi has lost an appeal. A trial court…

March 30, 2015
What’s the most outlandish excuse you’ve heard someone give for being late to court?

Last week, a Manhattan judge handed down sanctions in the amount of $12,000 for what he said was a lawyer’s repeated falsehoods about his…

March 30, 2015
Prosecutor: I was ‘arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic’ in capital prosecution of now-exonerated man

A former Louisiana prosecutor who helped send a now-exonerated inmate to death row in 1984 is condemning the capital punishment process and apologizing for his…

March 30, 2015
Vote for your favorite Peeps in Law 2015 diorama!

The entries are in, and it is time for you to decide which of the Peeps in Law 2015: Game of Peeps entries is worthy…

March 30, 2015
Abolish the IRS? Pay taxes with a postcard form? Critics dissect Ted Cruz’s tax plan

Critics see problems with Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace it with a flat tax. In his “imagine” speech…

March 30, 2015
Falsifying employment info on job application merits lawyer’s suspension, ethics review board says

A lawyer who lied about his job history and then persuaded his father to write a letter verifying employment should be suspended for 60 days,…

March 30, 2015
Chicago camera ticketing violates notice rules, suit says; seeks refund of money paid by motorists

An Illinois lawsuit filed Monday doesn’t challenge the authority of the city of Chicago to issue tickets for red-light and speed violations based on camera…

March 30, 2015
Private texts transferred to workers’ corporate iPads led to wrongful firing, suit claims

Two former employees of Anheuser-Busch claim in a lawsuit that they were wrongly fired for private text messages transferred to a corporate-issued iPad through the…

March 30, 2015
Heavy traffic? Out of town? Alleged inconsistent excuses add to lawyer’s troubles

A federal judge in Manhattan has fined a New York lawyer a minimum of $12,000 for alleged missteps that include missing court conferences and providing…

March 30, 2015
Winning app at Hackcess to Justice New Orleans helps clients preserve evidence

Ensuring that all Americans have sufficient access to justice has been one of the top priorities of the American Bar Association. One of the states…

March 30, 2015
Grads call for Sweet Briar leaders to resign, citing fiduciary duties and claimed charity-law issue

Graduates of a 114-year-old Virginia women’s college rallying to save their school after a surprise announcement earlier this month that it will close have targeted…

March 30, 2015
Hundreds of attorneys petition top Texas court over law prof’s 1-year suspension from pro bono work

Some 250 fellow attorneys are backing a Texas law professor in his unusual effort to overturn a one-year suspension that, supporters say, will have the…

March 30, 2015
Judge sees ‘self-congratulatory blather’ in BigLaw brief; paralegals blamed for error

A Florida bankruptcy judge overseeing a fight between investors in a shuttered fashion mall made no secret of his dissatisfaction with a Duane Morris pleading…