June 20 roundup

  • Federal judge: asking employee to get coffee not an intrinsically sexist act [Legal Intelligencer]
  • Kilt-clad Montgomery Blair Sibley, at press conference, adds certain je ne sais quoi to tawdry Larry Sinclair sideshow [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Remind us why Florida Gov. Crist is supposed to be an acceptable veep pick? [PoL]. Also at Point of Law: Hill’s FISA compromise may end pending telecom-privacy suits; interesting Second Circuit reverse-preference case on New Haven firefighters.
  • Virginia bar authorities shaken by charges that Woodbridge attorney Stephen T. Conrad pocketed $3.4 million in injury settlements at clients’ expense [Va. Lawyers Weekly; case of Christiansburg, Va. lawyer Gerard Marks ties in with first links here]
  • U.K.: Local government instructs staff that term “brainstorming” might be insensitive to persons with epilepsy, use “thought showers” instead [Telegraph; Tunbridge Wells, Kent]
  • Big personal injury law firm in Australia, Keddies Lawyers, denies accusations of client overcharging and document falsification [SMH]
  • Will this be on the bar exam? Massachusetts law school dean eyes war crime trials culminating in hanging for high officials of Bush Administration [Ambrogi and more, Michael Krauss and I at PoL]
  • “Just another cash grab”? New Kabateck Brown Kellner “click-fraud” class actions against Google AdWords, CitySearch [Kincaid, TechCrunch/WaPo]
  • Former Rep. Bob Barr, this year’s Libertarian presidential candidate, is no stranger to the role of plaintiff in politically fraught litigation [six years ago on Overlawyered, and represented by Larry Klayman to boot]


  • Regarding the article where the UK town banned the term “brainstorming”, I think there should be a special term for when someone has an an especially good “thought shower.” I was thinking maybe they can call it a “golden thought shower” or perhaps just “golden shower” for short.

  • […] special-interest groups for cooperating with far more limited federal antiterror surveillance programs.  I have earlier explained why the telecom companies deserve protection from those lawsuits, and […]

  • Love the firefighter case… if a white firefighter ended up saving more babies than a black firefigher, would he be demoted to ensure “equality”?

  • UK local council has a brainstorm…

    The borough council of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has instructed employees to avoid referring to "brainstorming" for fear that the word "might offend mentally ill people and those with epilepsy".  Based on news reports, no actual p…

  • […] It’s a boy’s name.  (Hat tip to Overlawyered.) […]

  • […] Christiansburg attorney Gerard Marks pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to forgery [Va. Lawyers Weekly; earlier here, and, on Marks, first links […]