Bitter News, 2-16-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as crazy as a five-months-pregnant Olympian:

• A big $1K “Boo!” was all it took to scare the overpriced pants off of BarBri.  The $999.99 BarMax app for iPhones, which offers bar exam prep on your iPad mini, is a steal compared to costs between $3,000 and $4,000 for BarBri.  So, wanting (ahem, needing) to add value now that there’s some competition on the block, BarBri decided to open their hearts and “online access to course materials with their standard fee.” Also, you can retake the course for free now if you don’t pass—which used to cost $2K.  Someone tell this guy[TechCrunch]

• Orly Taitz might have to give birth to a new career.  Birther attorney Taitz, “who’s suing Barack Obama on the grounds that he’s ineligible to be president, said today that her California law license is in jeopardy.” She’s scheduled to defend herself before the California Bar Association on February 26.  [The Orange County Register]

• According to our Bitter Poll yesterday (below), more than 52% of you didn’t laid this Valentine’s Day—not even with a sad random.  So, it only makes sense that a law student would be the perfect resource for dating advice from someone who’s not getting sexed by her partner.  Here, an advice seeker asks what to do now that her boyfriend doesn’t want to bang her anymore.  And the law student seems pretty well versed on the subject matter.  [Tres Sugar]

Bingham McCutchen—likely all drunk with power over the distinction of being Fortune Magazine’s 16th best company to work for (and the highest-ranking law firm on the list)—is breaking down barriers overseas too.  It’s paying first-years in its London office 100,000 pounds ($157,000), “making it the first U.S. firm to pay six figures for U.K. attorneys who have just finished training.” [BusinessWeek]

• What’s good for your client isn’t always what’s good for Blue Springs.  “New Albany has fired its city attorney allegedly because he filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which plans to open a plant in nearby Blue Springs.” [AP via CBS News]

• A stark reminder that each day may be your last—even in law.  On February 5, Suisman Shapiro associate Michael V. Sage was found unresponsive on the floor of the law firm’s bathroom after apparently collapsing around 10:30 a.m., shortly after he had walked across the street for his usual cup of morning coffee with some fellow lawyers.” It’s enough to make you want to be a “Peace Out Guy.” [Connecticut Law Tribune]

• Holiday party disaster for Woodstock, GA city court Judge Diane Busch.  A lawyer at Wiles and Wiles (“when not handling the twice-weekly Woodstock traffic court”) had a party at her house busted by cops in December.  Ten teenagers were cited for underage drinking—despite Busch’s claims that people from the Cobb police department and district attorney’s office attended the adult version of the party earlier—and state Sen. John Wiles (her law firm boss) advising of the teenagers not to talk to police.  So much is still pending.  [AJC.com]

• No one has been overworked this last year quite like the white-shoe PR people inside BigLaw.  They’ve been spin-doctoring layoffs and profit reports left and right.  Here are three ways BigLaw deals with the media.  Only one is actually effective—and it’s not called The Ostrich or The Doublespeak.  [TechnoLawyer]

• Nothing says crazy, sexy fun like the University of New Mexico Tax Law Club.  They’re preparing income tax returns for free through April 15.  [New Mexico Business Weekly]

• Texas is facing its first same-sex divorce case—and it’s so shocking that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has to intervene.  Thankfully the couple didn’t have “IM GAY” license plates to be divided with the assets.  Could they have perhaps benefited from a ban on marriages between people who don’t really love each other?  [Statesman.com]


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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as crazy as a five-months-pregnant Olympian:

• A big $1K “Boo!” was all it took to scare the overpriced pants off of BarBri.  The $999.99 BarMax app for iPhones, which offers bar exam prep on your iPad mini, is a steal compared to costs between $3,000 and $4,000 for BarBri.  So, wanting (ahem, needing) to add value now that there’s some competition on the block, BarBri decided to open their hearts and “online access to course materials with their standard fee.” Also, you can retake the course for free now if you don’t pass—which used to cost $2K.  Someone tell this guy[TechCrunch]

• Orly Taitz might have to give birth to a new career.

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