Bitter News, 2-3-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as hot as your mom’s sext messages:

• Lawyers lose clients all the time—but this time the big tuna got away.  Who knows just how much is motivated by money, but deciding to keep trucking towards the 10-year mark, Elin Nordegren has reportedly fired her divorce lawyer and will try to save her marriage to Tiger Woods.  Mozel tov.  [Radar Online]

• Tiger isn’t the only golfer accused of cheating these days, Phil Mickelson is too.  A legal loophole has the PGA seeking a ban on the old skool Ping Eye 2 wedge.  [The Canadian Press]

• What the hell is it with the South?  First Alabama’s legal system totally derails due to pigskin fever—and now New Orleans.  It’s getting a little out of hand.  Besides the “Who dat?” controversy, the Saints’ Super Bowl game this Sunday is just too much for the city to handle.  Which is why a New Orleans judge postponed a trial, ruling that jurors would be too distracted by football fever to pay attention—and that even lawyers and court staff should be heading down to Miami for Super Bowl celebrations instead of working.  “The court takes judicial notice that Saintsmania permeates the city of New Orleans.” Amen.  [Times Online]

• Get a load of this, eh?  A lawyer wants his client’s drug conviction dismissed because one of the jurors was Canadian.  [Washington Post]

• Did you think Dr. Murray was going to turn himself in to be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of Michael Jackson today?  Sike!  Sez his lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan[TMZ]

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• AIG, recipient of a $180 billion bail out, has named a new lawyer.  Former Lehman Brothers head counsel, of course.  “Thomas A. Russo, who joined the law firm Patton Boggs after Lehman failed in September 2008, was named A.I.G.’s general counsel and executive vice president for legal, compliance, regulatory affairs and government affairs.” [DealBook @ NYT]

• Cravath is backpedalling on their decision to defer new associates til 2011.  Turns out they need some bodies.  But they can’t take them all right now.  So, what sounds more professional that a lottery—or basically a draft—to determine who came come on down and start their career?  [The Am Law Daily]

• Quote of the day from MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon, a Harvard Law grad and 10-year Washington lawyer: “I hated every second,” Solomon said of his career in law. “I decided to get back into sports.” [NBC Sports]

• Quote of the day from Nicole Ari Parker, actress who plays a law firm partner and wife of Billy Zane in the ABC legal series The Deep End, about how she researched her role by talking to female attorneys:  “I learned so much about power and femininity and appropriate behavior in the courtroom, what wins and what doesn’t. It’s a distinct breed of human being that’s committed to the law and the legal system and finding out how to win. I’m a little bit too emotional to be a lawyer.” [MNN.com]

• What should a law firm give a partner’s wife when she’s diagnosed with cancer?  Soup.  Apparently.  [Ohio.com]

• “The work computer of one regional supervisor for the SEC showed more than 1,800 attempts to look up pornography in a 17-day span: ‘It was kind of distraction per se,’ the supervisor later told investigators, in what must qualify as the understatement of the year, at least so far.” And that employee is just one of two dozen.  The least of the SEC’s problems, but they’re cracking down.  That employee has nothing on this guy though.  (Video below.) This Australian banker was caught checking out another type of assets live on Australian television while his co-worker was being interviewed about interest rates.  [WSJ Law Blog]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as hot as your mom’s sext messages:

• Lawyers lose clients all the time—but this time the big tuna got away.  Who knows just how much is motivated by money, but deciding to keep trucking towards the 10-year mark, Elin Nordegren has reportedly fired her divorce lawyer and will try to save her marriage to Tiger Woods.  Mozel tov.  [Radar Online]

• Tiger isn’t the only golfer accused of cheating these days, Phil Mickelson is too.  A legal loophole has the PGA seeking a ban on the old skool Ping Eye 2 wedge.  [The Canadian Press]

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1 Comment

  1. BL1Y

    February 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    It looked as if the Australian banker knew exactly what was going on and was just trying to mess with his coworker.

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