Loose Ends, 9-16-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom:

Lehman.  Lynch.  Law firms.  Freak out.  [Law.com, ABA Journal, AmLawDaily]

“Lifetime achievement” is just a nice way of saying “pre-death obituaries.” [Law.com]

And in “I swear it’s not about the money” news…..

A couple’s dog died.  Now they’re suing for animal malpractice and fighting for pets to be considered more as human beings than private property.  “‘Money is not the object here,’ said Kathryn Sutton. ‘I don’t want someone else to have to go through what we did. I still cry over this. I probably lost 20 pounds. I didn’t eat or sleep well for three or four months.’” So, basically, a 13-year-old schnauzer (that’s 91 in dog years!) is dead, and in a nation fighting obesity, a woman has lost 20 pounds.  Someone must pay.  [ajc.com]

Timberland (the shoe company—not the rapper like you were all thinking) lost a class action suit and will create a $7 million settlement fund because it sent unsolicited text messages announcing a sale.  “Weinstein stands to get just $5,000 of that money. But he said it’s not just the money; it’s the principle.” He’s reportedly going to use the money to buy a nice, new pair of work boots.  [Chicago Sun Times]

Applebee’s restaurants are being accused of hugely undervaluing the nutrition information on their signature Weight Watchers menu.  “The suit asks for unspecified damages, including that Applebee’s and Weight Watchers should be required to disgorge to the plaintiffs any profits it made from selling the fraudulent menu items.” But, again, it’s not about the money.  It’s simply in the best interest of the Cajun Lime Tilapia.  [BizJounals.com]

And in “This is definitely about the money” news…..

Wisconsin ADAs are dropping like flies and leaving life as a prosecutor behind.  And it definitely might have something to do with the fact that “attorneys hired as prosecutors in 2003 earn less than a city police officer, fire fighter or Milwaukee County deputy sheriff with five years’ tenure earns as a base salary without overtime.” [MarketWatch]

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  • Snively Whiplash

    Wisconsin doesn’t surprise me. Once you step out of the blue collar realm, you leave all those great worker’s protections behind and get screwed over because there are 500 other schmos who want your job (b/c they don’t know how bad it sucks). A white collar worker without a stake in the operation is the modern day wage slave.