Joe Francis: Wet, Hot Justice

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If you can depend on Joe Francis to stand up for one thing, it’s justice. The founder of the always dependable “Girls Gone Wild” empire, is now demanding that a court rescind the settlement agreement he entered into last year with the families of four underage girls whom he filmed performing sex acts back in 2003. In his suit, Francis …

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Screwed Indeed

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In recent reports proving that it’s possible to take the concept of “hands on” client contact a bit too seriously, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that solo practitioner Ronald Pierce will have to pay a $1.5 million verdict against him for having an affair with a client’s wife. As the ABA Journal has reported, Pierce was hired in 1997 …

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Roy Den Hollander: Cravath Must Be So Proud

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He’s baack! Roy Den Hollander, “a Manhattan lawyer and a self-described antifeminist,” who in the past year has sued nightclubs for favoring women by offering ladies’ night discounts and has sued the federal government over a law that protects women from violence, is now targeting Columbia University. According to recent reports, Den Hollander filed a federal class-action lawsuit on Monday …

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Britney Spears: Celebrity Pro Bono?

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Say it ain’t so! Despite our initial skepticism, reports have confirmed the truly unimaginable: Britney Spears has stiffed her lawyers. Court documents have shown that the fallen pop star recently racked up almost half a million dollars’ worth of legal bills in her custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline—in addition to the quarter mil she’s already agreed to pay to …

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Shakespear Feyissa: What’s in a Name?

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Internet fame isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Seattle attorney Shakespear Feyissa, whose college paper’s online edition published allegations of his suspension for alleged attempted sexual assault back when he was a student at Seattle Pacific University in 1998. Now, as reports tearing through the legal blogosphere are explaining, the online story has been cached in …

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Jared Leto: Maybe Just Stick to Guitar Hero Next Time

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Oh, actors and their sort-of-bands—can they ever really do any harm? Turns out, if you’re Virgin Records/EMI and the band in question is headed by doll-face actor Jared Leto, then, yes. Leto’s vanity-project-cum-band, 30 Seconds to Mars, apparently signed a five-record deal with Virgin/EMI back in 1999—but funnily enough, the band has only come out with two records so far, …

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Why Law Firm Rankings Don’t Matter

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It’s that time of year again—the legal community is abuzz with news that the Vault 2009 law firm rankings are out. In a testament to the thriving, ever-evolving nature of Big Firm life, the list of the top five “most prestigious” firms hasn’t changed one hair over last year’s rankings: 1. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 2. Cravath, Swaine & …

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Obama Disses Justice Clarence Thomas

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In an interview with Rev. Rick Warren on Saturday, Barack Obama stated that had he been president at the time, he would not have nominated Clarence Thomas.  “I don’t think that he, I don’t that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation.” Careful, Barack.  Don’t start throwing legal rocks when you live …

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