Bitter News, 2-25-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that you can kick back, relax and enjoy now that Mary Jane has the California budget crisis solved:

The much-anticipated Watchmen movie’s success will determine how significant of a reversal of fortune its producer stands to pay out of pocket.  It all stems from a complicated legal battle between feuding Warner Bros. and Fox studios over the movie rights.  Sort of a superhero Springtime for Hitler situation.  [THR, Esq.]

It’s freezing in New Haven.  Yale has instituted a flat line in pay for faculty.  Go Eli! [ABA Journal]

“Celebs” faced some consequences for grandstanding with automobiles.  Britney Spears’ paparazzo ex-boyfreind, Adnan Ghalib, discovered that life sucks on the other side of the camera.  He was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run.  Meanwhile, hoops star Charles Barkley was sentenced to 10 days of riding the bench in prison for drunk driving.  [People (Ghalib) | Reuters (Barkley)]

Heller Ehrman’s partners took the money and ran in 2008.  $7 million between 35 departing or retiring partners, which triggered the firm’s collapse.  []

When you mix together all the bubblegum of The Hills with all the relevance of the White House, you get The District.  And with Obama as Lauren Conrad—I believe that makes Hill and Bill the DC Heidi and Spencer.  [Newsweek]

Possible future episode: DC voting rights.  Democrats become likely to receive a new permanent seat, but it results in a brooding fight between the cast over whether it’s constitutional.  Then there’s a fashion show.  [WSJ Law Blog]

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