Bitter News, 10-28-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as creepy as an charity fundraiser for an abortion-doctor murderer:

Sports, sex, high-ranking women and the law—all the themes for today…

• Does the thought of the Phillie taking on the Yankees make you want to do the nasty? “A lawyer for a Philadelphia woman [Susan Finkelstein] charged with offering sex for World Series tickets says she is ’a nice lady overcome with Phillies fever.‘” And from the looks of it, that fever is so intense that it’s turned her into an extra from the set of Boogie NightsWilliam Brennan is representing Finkelstein.  No word on how she’ll be taking care of her legal fees. [CBS News]

UPDATE: Funny how a woman’s offer to whore herself for sports tickets brings out the philanthropy in brokers.  “[O]ne New York-based ticket broker says he wants to show the wild Phillies fan that the Big Apple has a heart. Warren Schreiber, 53, said he called Finkelstein’s lawyer, William Brennan, and offered her two tickets to tonight’s game in New York. Brennan confirmed the call but said they were waiting to make sure there were no strings attached.” It practically writes itself, folks.  [CBS News]

• No one can get over reporting that, unsurprisingly, the dearth of female rainmakers in law firms today is the equivalent of Big Foot managing partners.  The latest survey by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL, if you’re nasty) asked firms about their key rainmakers and found very few were women.  Pick your jaw up off the ground.  [The Legal Intelligencer]

• Speaking of high-ranking women in male-dominated workplaces, “Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is opposing his wife’s demand to be reinstated as a team executive.” Attorneys are filing papers on both sides of Jamie McCourt’s termination. She was the highest-ranking woman in professional baseball.  But then she allegedly went on a romantic French rendezvous with her bodyguard on the Dodger’s dime.  [AP via The Washington Post]

• Oh, and Francine Katz doesn’t want to be left out of this women-get-all-the-bad-breaks-in-business conversation: “Anheuser-Busch is being accused by a former female executive of allegedly marginalizing women in office social networks and deliberately paying them less than their male counterparts.” Katz, a corporate lawyer for five years before joining A-B twenty years ago, is getting her anti-“frat party” gender wars on in Beerville.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Just like today’s abuse piece, “employer-employee court battles rarely have winners.” Don’t worry, contributor, ESPN didn’t get he memo either. [Chicago Tribune]

• Speaking of, Sean Salisbury’s defamation suit against Gawker just went live. See it page-by-page here at Deadspin.  [Dallas Observer]

• Take that check and tell them to shove it!  That’s basically what Bob Knight told his lawyer when Indiana University sent a $75,000 settlement offer for his lawsuit.  [AP via Sports Illustrated]

• Kids who run marathons are creepy.  A child with that much resolve and willpower is creepy.  And to do it all in around three-and-a-half hours?  Creeperton.  So, when those kids grow up and become lawyers, does it make sense or just seem even creepier?  [The New York Times]

• Jones Day loves them some Chrysler.  “A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved an additional $31 million in legal fees for six firms retained in the [auto manufacturer’s] Chapter 11 case.” And $21.3 million of that has Jones Day written all over it.  And please accept it with gratitude, because all this paves the way for the 80’s to soon be re-launched in America with Fiat resuming domestic sales.  Vroom!!!!!  [The Am Law Daily]

• And Matthew Richardson thought that Nancy was bad.  Someone in the Pepsi logistical pipeline didn’t bother to interoffice a lawsuit from the North Carolina office to the New York headquarters, and it resulted in a slightly bitter aftertaste.  Like a default judgment of a damages award to the tune of $1.26 billion.  GOD DAMNIT, PEPSI NANCY!  [WSJ Law Blog]

• This next story is all about cleavage!  Yep, toe cleavage.  Just went from titillating to sort of fetish-y, didn’t it?  The sad, unsexy truth about bare feet in pumps.  [Corporette]

• Tales of a law school 4L.  [Law is Cool]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as creepy as an charity fundraiser for an abortion-doctor murderer:

Sports, sex, high-ranking women and the law—all the themes for today…

• Does the thought of the Phillie taking on the Yankees make you want to do the nasty? “A lawyer for a Philadelphia woman [Susan Finkelstein] charged with offering sex for World Series tickets says she is ’a nice lady overcome with Phillies fever.‘” And from the looks of it, that fever is so intense that it’s turned her into an extra from the set of Boogie NightsWilliam Brennan is representing Finkelstein.  No word on how she’ll be taking care of her legal fees. [CBS News]

UPDATE: Funny how a woman’s offer to whore herself for sports tickets brings out the philanthropy in brokers.  “[O]ne New York-based ticket broker says he wants to show the wild Phillies fan that the Big Apple has a heart. Warren Schreiber, 53, said he called Finkelstein’s lawyer, William Brennan, and offered her two tickets to tonight’s game in New York. Brennan confirmed the call but said they were waiting to make sure there were no strings attached.” It practically writes itself, folks.  [CBS News]

• No one can get over reporting that, unsurprisingly, the dearth of female rainmakers in law firms today is the equivalent of Big Foot managing partners.  The latest survey by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL, if you’re nasty) asked firms about their key rainmakers and found very few were women.  Pick your jaw up off the ground.  [The Legal Intelligencer]

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