The Chicago Tribune, the MS Litigation Review, and the ABA Journal have more information on a legal malpractice lawsuit brought by former client S. Lavon Evans Jr. against the firm, which he claimed helped another client defraud him.
According to LA Legal Pad, "Kate McLaughlin, who turned 19 last week...[is] headed to Northwestern University this fall for law school." LA Legal Pad. OC Register.
LA Legal Pad also has the story of four new federal court appointments in California: "Judges Edward M. Chen and Richard G. Seeborg...Dolly Gee, managing partner of the Los Angeles law firm Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP...and Judge Jacquelyn H. Nguyen....will be brought before the Senate for confirmation after its summer recess."
California Appellate Report has a cautionary tale about law firm dissolution: In Re FairWageLaw (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 4, 2009): "David J. Fuller and Henry Schrenker...voted to dissolve the firm after...John Heurlin...was suspended from the practice of law for two years."
—According to an AP story, "[C]riminal defense attorney Isaac Guillen, 48, of West Covina, [has been arrested and charged] with laundering illegal proceeds on behalf of the Mexican Mafia." Via SF Gate. LA Now.FBI press release.
—In a Ninth Circuit case, Vernoff v. Astrue, the court addresses the issue of whether a child conceived after the death of her father by means of artificial insemination is his dependent. Met News. The California Appellate Report blog has more.
—Mark Anchor Albert, in his article in the current issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, argues that while corporations may not be eager to be listed as mandatory defendants in patent cases, Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows for certification in order to resolve issues common to the class.
—According to UCLA Law School: "UCLA School of Law's Clinical Program, working together with Sanjukta M. Paul, a civil rights attorney with the firm Rothner, Segall, Greenstone & Leheny, secured a victory for catering food truck operators in a case challenging the constitutionality of a city ordinance that has been aggressively implemented against these vendors in Los Angeles since the beginning of 2008. On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Barry D. Kohn ruled on appeal that the ordinance, which required catering trucks to move every 30 or 60 minutes to a distant location and not vend for 30 to 60 minutes, is not rationally related to public safety or public health and is preempted by the California Vehicle Code."
—Justice has also come for Cap'n Crunch. According to California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, "A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by a San Diego woman against the manufacturers of Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries cereal for leading her to believe that the crunch berries were real fruit, but she is appealing."
—Pringles are potato chips. "Britain’s Supreme Court of Judicature ruled with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and against Procter & Gamble U.K....The ruling means that Proctor & Gamble owes $160 million in taxes." Jonathan Turley.
According to the Daily Journal, "Kenneth B. Julian, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, is joining the white collar criminal defense practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips." More at the OC Register and LA Legal Pad.
—Two Los Angeles Lawyer articles have been selected for the 2009 edition of Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts handbook. Congratulations to Thomas Zuber for "Everlasting Fame" and Roxanne Christ and Farnaz Alemi for "Clean Games."
—President Obama has nominated Second Circuit judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. WSJ,Volokh. A pro-Sotomayor Twitter comes from David Lat, founding editor of Above the Law. See also Jonathan Turley.
—LACBA has created a new service for attorneys who may be experiencing career-related hardships. The LACBA Career Support List Serve allows participants to share information, resources, and assistance via email forum on topics such as job availability, job seeking guidance (resume, interview skills, etc.), changing to or opening a new practice, and personal and family issues that may arise from economic dislocation. The Attorney Career Support Forum List Serve is open to both members and nonmembers of the Association, including nonattorneys who are able to provide assistance to attorneys seeking career-building and career-changing guidance. To sign up for the forum or to learn more, visit the Association Web page. Questions about the forum can be directed to LACBA Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (213) 896-6560. —LACBA is now on Facebook too. —The Atlantic has a report on happiness, Harvard, and the beauty of longitudinal studies. —
"Candace Gorman, a Chicago lawyer, has a pronounced soft spot for underdogs and seemingly hopeless causes." She works full-time for two clients who cannot pay. They are prisoners at Guantanamo. Chicago Tribune.
—On the SCOTUS blog and wiki, coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's Arizona v. Gant (07-542) decision on police searches of automobiles after arrest of the occupant. —Hearing on alleged payment and coaching of banana plaintiffs by Los Angeles attorney. AP, WSJ Law Blog.
—Exotic dancers denied due process in license suspension resulting from lap dances. Law Professors. —A member of Congress has called for the impeachment of Judge Bybee over torture. How Appealing. Las Vegas Review Journal —Gavin Newsom has announced he is a candidate for governor of California.
—Los Angeles attorney Eliot Disner has died. The Am Law Daily has more on the career of a remarkable attorney.
—According to the BBC, "Phil Spector has been convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003." The conviction is of second degree murder, and Spector faces 15 years to life in prison. —What went wrong in the prosecution of Ted Stevens? The WSJ Law Blog summarizes an article by the Washington Post.