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Bad Attitude Costs Texas in Fee Dispute

Hey, I get it—sometimes when you win and you think the other side's position was bogus, it's hard not to get all smug and self-righteous. But you really should try. Not trying very hard—well, not trying at all—cost the State…


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Is a Contract Written on Toilet Paper Enforceable?

Sure! Why wouldn't it be? All you need in order to have a binding contract is a mutual agreement by which each party agrees to do something in exchange for some consideration. (An example from Ohio.) Generally they don't have…


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“Like Your Client, This Claim Won’t Fly”

Think I'll add a new category for legal correspondence, and this letter is going in it. It's from a lawyer representing Dan Bilzerian. I'd never heard of him, but Legal Cheek describes him as "Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian" and "Instagram sensation Dan Bilzerian"…



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What Is a Photocopier? (Deposition, Dramatized)

This is from the New York Times site, and it is indeed hilarious. It’s a video of actors recreating, verbatim, the deposition transcript from the Ohio case I wrote about here (“Deposition Battle Over Definition of ‘Photocopy”” (Mar. 18, 2011)) and then…


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Springfield’s Buttocks Surface; Plaintiff’s Lawyer Comments

Updating an important story from last week (see "Mistrial Declared in Rick Springfield's Buttocks-Assault Case" (Nov. 20)), two new developments. First, The Picture has been released to the media: To be specific, this is the picture the plaintiff claims she took…


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May a Magistrate Judge Ethically “Dance With the Stars”?

Yes, according to South Carolina's Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct: FACTS A full-time magistrate inquires as to the propriety of dancing in a fund-raising event that is similar to a popular television show ("Dancing with the Stars"), in…



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State Troopers Say Maryland’s AG Is a Terrible Backseat Driver

According to accounts by a number of state troopers (reported by the Washington Post), Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler regularly insists that officers assigned to drive him use the lights and sirens in non-emergency situations, including when he needs to…