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Respected Judge Posts Sex Images Online

As you may know, California falls within the jurisdiction of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the chief judge of that court is one Alex Kozinski. A brilliant jurist, he was first appointed to the Court by Reagan at the tender age of 35, making him the youngest federal appeals

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Shocker – U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employees!

The U.S. Supreme Court has been decidedly anti-employee and pro-employer ever since Dubya-appointed Justices Roberts and Alito joined the bench. The Supreme Court’s infamous and awful Ledbetter v Goodyear ruling (and Congress’s voting down of the law intended to overturn Ledbetter) seemed to be clarion call

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A Judge Is (Finally) Forced to Step Down

A little while ago, I posted about Judge James Brooks. He had engaged in shenanigans that turned a trial into a circus and humiliated Michelle Reinglass, one of the leading plaintiff-side trial lawyers in California. Well Judge Brooks has finally gotten what was coming to him.

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'If you've got a job, hang on to it'

It looks like the proverbial bullpucky is hitting the economic fan. According to an Associate Press news article, Huge Job Losses Set Off Recession Alarms, the U.S. economy lost almost a quarter million jobs in the first three months of 2008 alone. That’s a staggering rate.

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Voir Dire in Other Parts of the Country

It looks like I’m in a “jury duty” state of mind today. Here’s a second interesting post regarding juries, this time the process of selecting a jury. Just to set the context up, some lawyers believe it is important to have as much time as necessary to conduct voir dire (a fancy way of saying…

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Plaintiff Gets $30,300, His Lawyers Get $1.1 mil.

Many people whose rights have been violated are unable to find an attorney who’s willing to take their case. That is because the amount of money at stake is often just too small to warrant an attorney’s time. Sure we lawyers are interested in doing justice, but we have to feed our families too, just…

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Harris Poll: 3 of 5 Americans Believe Juries Fair

Harris Interactive has conducted a poll that reveals some interesting things about jury duty and jury trials in America. Here are some of the key findings: A majority (65%) of Americans have been called to jury duty, but only a quarter actually served on a jury. 3 out of 5 Americans believe juries can be…

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Are Doctors “Employees” of the Hospital?

Are doctors who have privileges at hospitals employees of the hospital or merely independent contractors (i.e., the hospital issues them an IRS Form 1099 at tax-time)? That’s a question that was raised in a case called Salamon v. Our Lady of Victory Hospital. The issue is important because many anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws cover…

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Civil Rights Act of 2008?

Good news for employees. Workplace Prof Blog reports on a new Democrat bill introduced in the House and Senate, the Civil Rights Act of 2008, H.R. 2159 & S. 2554, which will significantly expand employees’ rights under federal law. With a Democrat likely to be occupying the presidency for the next term, I think this…

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Why Cursing at a Judge is NOT a Good Idea

I just came across this news story where a fellow called a judge an “SOB” several times. The judge found him in contempt of court and sentenced him to nearly 3 years in prison. Newsflash: judges can throw people in jail for disturbing the decorum of the court. Think twice before taking on a judge.…

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