Bitter News, 2-8-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as spoof-y as Tiger Woods “feeling lucky” on Google:

• Are lawyers getting rich on 9/11 and the legal battle over Ground Zero worker compensation?  Defense firms have already made nearly $200 million fighting claims.  Plus: “Lawyers for the workers—who have yet to be paid—stand to reap 30 percent to 40 percent of all settlements or judgments.”

[New York Post]

• Another aftershock: The Haitian lawyer who was representing the 10 American missionaries charged with kidnapping 33 children and trying to bust them out of Haiti quit.  [CNN]

• While the Prop. 8 trial in California is being relived in reenactments, the actual lawyers are starting to think Supremely.  (Video trailer below.  Warning: It’s not adrenaline packed.) What might grab you, however, is this: “The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, is himself gay.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that—unless it biases his ruling, that is. 

[San Francisco Chronicle]

News continued below video.

• Who dat say thems going to a divorce lawyer?  Angelina Jolie and Brab Pitt were way in love last night while watching the New Orleans Saints take home the Super Bowl trophy.  And now they’re suing a newspaper for libel after it posted allegations of their dissolving relationship.  [BBC News]

• Defense appropriations chair and Iraq War critic Rep. John Murtha died today at 77.  [USA Today]

• Lady lawyers gunning for BigLaw partner take heed: Have your babies early in your career.  That’s advice from an interview with Davis Polk M&A partner Margaret Tahyar.  (Also, a small footnote: Get a husband who’s willing to dial back his own career.) But those words might fall on deaf ears in England.  “You are a lawyer, a woman and have a family — and the big firms cannot tempt you with a partnership.” [Times Online]

• Say it with me, jury: No talking, no texting, no tweeting.  Say it louder, bitches!  “A committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has endorsed a set of model jury instructions for district judges to help deter jurors from using cell phones, computers or other electronic technologies during their jury service.” [Blog of the Legal Times]

• McDonald’s sued again for serving hot coffee!  Welcome to Tort Nation.  [Business Insider]

• A judge weighs in on the prickly, thorny aspects of 11-year-old baby mamas.  [Fox News]

• Hey, remember AOL?  Here’s an interview with the lawyer at the top of it.  [Washington Post]

• There’s a new hooker on the block when it comes to Massachusetts law schools:

—Sweet vindication for Southern New England School of Law, which is going public.  [Boston.com]

—Harvard got retired Justice David H. Souter to speak at graduation, so take that. [Boston.com]

• Is Attorney General Eric Holder at fault for botching the “underwear bomber” case when “he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in civilian court rather than the military system?” And is he admitting it?  The video below may be coming through the filter of Fox News, but an interesting point nonetheless.  [CBS News]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as spoof-y as Tiger Woods “feeling lucky” on Google:

• Are lawyers getting rich on 9/11 and the legal battle over Ground Zero worker compensation?  Defense firms have already made nearly $200 million fighting claims.  Plus: “Lawyers for the workers—who have yet to be paid—stand to reap 30 percent to 40 percent of all settlements or judgments.”

[New York Post]

• Another aftershock: The Haitian lawyer who was representing the 10 American missionaries charged with kidnapping 33 children and trying to bust them out of Haiti quit.  [CNN]

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