July 2010

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Search of Lehman Brothers E-Mails Suggests Words, Phrases to Avoid

The piece below was my second column for Forbes.com.  There have been two since, and I will get those posted here shortly.  Forbes (the website, not Steve personally) has just posted my latest column, about a study finding that the more your…


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Harassment Case Against Steven Seagal Dismissed

According to the Huffington Post, the $1 million harassment lawsuit against Steven Seagal has been dismissed.  No reason was given, which probably means some sort of settlement, but of course that does not necessarily mean there was anything to the lawsuit….


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TSA Advertising Job Openings on Top of Pizza Boxes

Oh, this is confidence-inspiring: Am I wrong, or are the most likely new recruits from this campaign those who are currently making and/or delivering pizzas?  Are they going to at least screen out people who have ever failed to get a pizza safely…


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“Fleeting Expletives” Policy Struck Down Again

Good news for expletive-users - the Second Circuit has struck down the FCC's "fleeting expletive" policy, holding that it violates the First Amendment. As you may recall, this policy was put in place after Bono dropped an F-bomb at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards…


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Prosecution Winding Down in Blagojevich Trial

In case you had forgotten about Rod Blagojevich, he's still on trial, and still proclaiming his innocence. Yelling it, actually. "Rod Blagojevich yells his innocence as he comes out offederal court Thursday afternoon." (Chicago Sun-Times) The latest summary from the…


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From the Docket: Alleged Failure to Supervise Knife Use

Aprille Mammone v. Vector Marketing Corporation; Jordan Anderson, No. CV 1003399 (Marin County Super. Ct. filed June 29, 2010). Complaint for negligence. The defendants were engaged in a sales presentation of kitchen and sporting knives when they negligently allowed the…


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What We Can Learn From Lindsay Lohan’s Courtroom Notes

First and most importantly, when covering your face with notes you have taken in court, the side you have written on should face toward you:   Second, Lindsay has excellent handwriting, the downside of which is that your notes may be legible from…


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Fools Convicted

Conviction affirmed, technically, but I liked the sound of this headline better. Kurt Johnson and Dale Heineman were accused of scamming homeowners by promising to get rid of their mortgage debt for a fee.  They did get rid of it,…


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United States v. One Moon Rock

My latest column for Forbes.com, "United States v. One Moon Rock," has been posted, and you can read it by clicking here and then pointing your eyeballs at the resulting page.  (More later on why "Moon" should be capitalized when you…


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Why Poland Has Three Presidents Today

According to FOX News, the fair-and-balanced (and, as it turns out, accurate) source of Polish-presidential-succession information, Poland had three different presidents today (July 8), depending on what time it was. When he woke up this morning, Bronislaw Komorowski was the…