Bitter News, 6-10-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are as workable as denim-on-denim:

• Yet another one of The Wall Street Journal’s wicked plays to tempt us into subscribing and actually paying for content came today with the article about White & Case’s Thomas Lauria—“Lawyer Who Slowed Chrysler Deal May Take On GM”—dropped in our laps with nothing but a teasing intro paragraph.  (Thankfully there are plenty of other people to paraphrase what it said.) Friends describe Lauria as “tenacious to a fault,” even though the the Chrysler/Fiat deal has been allowed and the extent of his work only lasted a few hours.  And it was by no means pro bono work either.  Lauria and W&C billed Indiana pension funds $2 million for their efforts.  [ABA Journal]

• The Swedish author of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, the alleged sequel to J.D. Saliger’s classic The Catcher in the Rye, didn’t really see old man Salinger’s goddamned junk federal copyright lawsuit coming at him because “I’m Swedish, we don’t sue people here.” Written under the pen name J.D. California, a name the author once argued was so legit that it was on his passport, California is really Fredrik Colting.  Colting’s other published works include The Macho Man’s (Bad) Joke Book and other humo(u)r titles important to the Swedish economy.  Pending a court date, Colting has agreed to not sell 60 Years in the U.S. and even asked to not ship to American customers.  [The Smoking Gun]

• The Penguins and Red Wings have drawn out the Stanley Cup Finals to a climatic game 7 finale in Detroit this Friday. (Yep, hockey is still going.) Though some reports claim neither city really wants to win, it’s got to end.  And when it does, if you’re thinking of picking up your bankrupt Phoenix team (a hockey team in Phoenix failed?  Really?) and dropping it into it’s natural Canadian habitat, a judge says you could have to pay the NHL a hefty relocation fee for that—maybe as much as $100 million.  [Reuters]

• There are plenty of ways to express yourself and channel anger.  Speaking, sign-making, dancing, singing and sculpting come to mind—but pissing people off with your car horn doesn’t.  After angrily noise polluting her neighborhood by blaring her horn at the man next door for 10 continuous minutes, Helen Immelt claimed in court that the incessant honking was an expression of free speech.  And, well, it’s not.  It’s harassing.  Da court sez.  [Associated Press]

• From yesterday, the outing of blogger “publius” at Obsidian Wings as South Texas College of Law assistant professor John F. Blevins is doing for pseudonyms what Adam Lambert is doing for Rolling Stone: Making them relevant.  And Brian Leiter has a few words to say on it.  Almost 2,800 words, to be exact.  And while he makes great points, something few have considered is that if all blogger were forced to reveal their true identities, what would happen to that show Gossip Girl?  See?  The guilty pleasure part of your brain wants you to want online speech to remain cloaked.  OMFG.  [Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports]

• It’s all a fun family affair til the public’s money gets involved.  “Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew Robert Vanecko has quit a real estate firm he started [DV Urban Realty], departing less than two weeks after federal investigators began probing investments that city employee pension funds made with the company.” [Chicago Tribune]

• A mid-size firm deserted attempts to convince you that you’re just another blurry picture on the wall when you work in BigLaw.  A video that is making the rounds (originally posted on On the Record) attempts to leave the message: Jump ship and come over to a cozy-yet-resourceful medium shop.  But the firm who commissioned it took their cold feet and ran from it.  Probably because it’s hardly comparable to another, better interview scene we’ve all seen before.  [Solicitr]

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