Bitter News, 3-16-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that know a room for rent that has walls, a ceiling and a door:

• Sarah Sweeney, a former partner at the Liverpool, England office of top law firm DLA Piper, claims that she was fired after the all-male senior partners found out she was pregnant.  Allegedly, her boss, managing partner Philip Rooney, once made a comment to her that women with children shouldn’t return to work.  She also says another partner, Paul Firth, slapper her on the ass after she rebuffed his advances.  She gave birth to a baby boy in May last year.  If all this is true, it’s a wonder that she didn’t name him “Bastard.” [Daily Mail]

• While one Ohio woman sues a plastic surgeon for giving her the wrong implants (who needs HIPAA laws?), a 22-year-old claims he was “duped into discussing his penis problems on TV.” According to his lawsuit, Tyler Bowling claims he was “tricked” into appearing on The Doctors in front of a 200-person live studio audience to talk about his pearly penile papules, which were then removed with a laser on camera.  Looking a penis papule-removing gift horse in the mouth here?  [Asylum]

News continued below video.

• “Associates who enjoyed lockstep compensation and law schools that didn’t issue numerical grades may be unprepared for the competition in the new world of law firms, a legal recruiter says.” We predicted this last year, no?  [The Legal Intelligencer via ABA Journal]

• Nein ca-ching.  Germany’s narrow statutes of limitations may make victims of sex crimes in Catholic institutions a lot less paid-out than in America.  [Wall Street Journal]

Two legal stories that include the word “mob”:

—K&L Gates’ Boston associates got their salaries cut using “mob mollification strategy.” [ATL]

—Disgraced Ponzi lawyer Scott Rothstein helped feds nab a mobster.  [Miami Herald]

• Kathryn Bigelow’s up-and-coming lawyer doppelganger?  Law student-cum-documentary filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen (Harvard Law in ’07) premiered War Don Don, her film about the trial of Sierra Leone war criminal Issa Sesay, at this year’s SXSW film festival.  On the difference between law and art, she says, “Both criminal defense and documentary filmmaking satisfied my impulse to investigate high stake stories – but only documentary filmmaking satisfied my urge to tell those stories from different perspectives.  As a defense lawyer you’re ethically bound to zealously advocate for your client – often at the expense of getting to the truth.  As a filmmaker you’re ethically bound to your audience to tell an honest and balanced story.” [IndieWire]

• Speaking of Kathyn Bigelow…After winning two Oscars for Hurt Locker, she was brought back to Earth this week by having to stand in line at L.A.‘s Superior Court reporting for jury duty.  [Thompson on Hollywood]

• Ahh, remember the days of spring break?  Daytona 4 Eva.  And if you’re laid off, reclaim them. The director of University of Illinois Student Legal Service offers tips on how to stay safe when pursuing higher education in the four “S word” areas: Sun, Sand, Sex and Surf.  [Washington Post]

• DC is the home to the most cyber-criminals: 116 for every 100,000 people.  It’s a legal war on “bots” and “logic bombs.” [Washington Examiner]

• She can hopefully channel her frustration on the dance floor with a smokin’ cha-cha, but Erin Andrews’ peephole video is again one of the most popular Google searches in the wake of stalker Michael David Barnett’s sentencing of 30 months in jail for video taping her nude. “America’s feeblest legal minds” weigh in.  [Boston.com]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that know a room for rent that has walls, a ceiling and a door:

• Sarah Sweeney, a former partner at the Liverpool, England office of top law firm DLA Piper, claims that she was fired after the all-male senior partners found out she was pregnant.  Allegedly, her boss, managing partner Philip Rooney, once made a comment to her that women with children shouldn’t return to work.  She also says another partner, Paul Firth, slapper her on the ass after she rebuffed his advances.  She gave birth to a baby boy in May last year.  If all this is true, it’s a wonder that she didn’t name him “Bastard.” [Daily Mail]

• While one Ohio woman sues a plastic surgeon for giving her the wrong implants

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