Bitter News, 5-24-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as androgynous-ly erogenous as Venus Williams’ naughty nighty:

• A woman who was told she was a big Hooter has decided to be a legal shooter.  Cassandra Marie Smith sued restaurant chain Hooters for weight discrimination—which is, evidently, a cause of action in Michigan—because she was allegedly placed on a “30 day ‘weight probation’” as an employee, even though she says she only weighed 132.5 pounds at the time and is 5’8”.  I’d like to sue them because I think their chicken wings suck.  Can I do that under Michigan law?  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Spare the sentence, spoil the child pornographer?  New York Federal Judge Jack Weinstein thinks the five-year mandatory-minimum sentences for viewing child pornography is too harsh.  [The New York Times]

• Know what you can spare, out of work law school grad?  (As far as BigLaw is concerned, at least.) Lying on your resume and boasting that sense of entitlement of yours.  You’ll never work in any town again if you keep that crap up.  [The New York Times | ABA Journal]

• Oh, man—to prove that every stage of life is no different than high school, we have exposure of rabid systematic abuse at the office.  “Will New York become the first state in the US to pass an anti-workplace bullying law?  That scenario took a step toward reality earlier this month, when the state Senate passed a bill that would allow workers subjected to workplace abuse to sue their employers.” [New York Post]

• Are the Cowboys nothing without the Redskins?  SCOTUS decided today that the NFL is not a single entity, even though the league contends that “since its teams cannot exist without one another, the league itself is a single entity exempt from antitrust restrictions when it comes to licensing apparel.” [The Am Law Daily]

• Where do you live at the University of Texas, male student? 

I live in Simkins Residence Hall. 

Oh, you mean the one named after William Stewart Simkins, the UT Law professor and KKK leader?

Yep, that’s the one. 

[The Dallas Morning News]

• Ding ding!  What’s that?  No, it’s not a Jehovah’s Witness, it’s a lawyer commuting via bicycle to Nixon Peabody.  They have a new bike rental program for employees.  [Washington Post]

• Back by zero popular demand—a Monday version of Celebu-Law:

—A TMZ-free judge put an alcohol-monitoring bracelet on Lindsay Lohan finally.  [MTV]

—Like every other season, there’s a lawyer contestant on the new season of The Bachelorette[Philly]

—Frederic Fekkai pissed off daddy dropping out of law school to become a celebrity hairdresser.  [CBS]

• As if a weak teacher market wasn’t bad enough, now there’s now a law that prohibits sex between K-12 teachers and students, despite student’s consent.  So much for perks.  [Rome News-Tribune]

• We heard the “Make the 1L Year Free” argument on Friday, and now here’s the “Require a Would-Be Law Student to First Work for a Year as a Paralegal” idea.  [On Technology Law]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as androgynous-ly erogenous as Venus Williams’ naughty nighty:

• A woman who was told she was a big Hooter has decided to be a legal shooter.  Cassandra Marie Smith sued restaurant chain Hooters for weight discrimination—which is, evidently, a cause of action in Michigan—because she was allegedly placed on a “30 day ‘weight probation’” as an employee, even though she says she only weighed 132.5 pounds at the time and is 5’8”.  I’d like to sue them because I think their chicken wings suck.  Can I do that under Michigan law?  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Spare the sentence, spoil the child pornographer?  New York Federal Judge Jack Weinstein thinks the five-year mandatory-minimum sentences for viewing child pornography is too harsh.  [The New York Times]

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1 Comment

  1. SD

    May 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I like the celeb law addition to the Bitter News.

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