October 2008

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“Lowering the Bar” in Vegas

Thanks to everyone at my firm, Shook, Hardy and Bacon, for letting me do the live version of "Lowering the Bar" at our firm’s retreat this past weekend in Henderson, Nevada (just outside Vegas), and for not throwing anything especially…


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Cast of Thousands Fails to Generate “Plain English” Order

Here’s another one from the archives: [The Court asked counsel to] prepare a "plain English" version of the injunctive order, which the Court could then substitute for the somewhat convoluted order still in place. . . . In response, [counsel]…



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Italian Lawyer Changed Places With Twin; Both Charged With Fraud

The last identical-twin-swap story I wrote about involved two sisters who changed places when one had a final exam and a probation hearing on the same day.  That got them in trouble, but at least they weren’t lawyers. Italian newspapers…


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Touched by an Angel

In court papers filed last week, attorneys for John LaVoie, pastor of the "Church of Liberty" in Tucson, Arizona, argued that the civil-forfeiture proceeding against LaVoie is unconstitutional because it violates his right to freedom of religion.  Specifically, they said…


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O.J. Simpson Convicted of Murder

He was actually charged with stealing some footballs, and I suppose it is possible that this jury was upset about that crime.  Remotely possible. Still, note to self: if acquitted of double murder in controversial case, avoid writing book called…


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Mascot Badgerer Pleads Guilty

I can understand not wanting to leave Shea Stadium, but don’t take it out on the mascot. A 32-year-old man who was accused of harassing "Mr. Met" at a game back in May has pleaded guilty, the NY Daily News…


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I Am Sorry

I am sorry that Mr. Murphrey had to go through what he describes in this letter. I am sorry that attorneys sometimes act unprofessionally and even childishly. I am sorry that I did not have a chance to post this…


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Superbad Popcorn Lawsuit Dismissed

A judge in Manhattan Civil Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he hurt his tooth on an unpopped popcorn kernel while watching "Superbad" last year.  Steve Kaplan had sued the AMC-Lincoln Square Cinema where he…