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How Should Lawyers Respond To Negative Online Reviews?

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Back in the far, far distant past – namely, this past Spring – we looked at the pros and cons of business owners suing customers who posted venomous reviews of their enterprises on Yelp. Now the “negative chickens” have come home to roost, if you will, with the Wall Street Journal saying that lawyers are…
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Who Can Afford To Go To Jail?

If you’re ticked off at all by the extra fees airlines have added the past few years, just be thankful you’re not a “passenger” caught up in the U.S. criminal justice system. I mean, you know, aside from the obvious reasons. There was a time when incarceration, at the bare minimum, offered some solace to…
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Can YOU Tell If A Lawyer Is Real?

In this week’s annals, we have stories of people impersonating attorneys, and a real lawyer accusing himself of impersonating a lawyer. Yes, according to the ABA Journal, there is a recent surge in the number of folks pretending to be attorneys. As you might imagine, nothing good comes of it. In the first case, a…
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A Lawyer’s Best Friend: The Supreme Court

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to hand it to the U.S. Supreme Court: every year at this time, it throws lawyers years of potential new cases to litigate! The Supremes have this – habit? tradition? – of waiting until their last session or two to drop their most momentous decisions. Since the court,…
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Two-Fisted Judge Dispenses Justice, Florida Style

From the state that gave us Stand Your Ground, we now have Stand Your Ground, Courtroom Edition. Or perhaps it’s Stand Your Gavel – On the Public Defender’s Head. You have to hand it to Florida. Time and again, on the scale of judicial craziness, the state does something, like earlier this year when the…
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Defendant’s Life Story Goes Straight to Video

When you think of great prison escape movies, ones that come to mind are “Papillon,” “Escape From Alcatraz,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” and, if Doug Passon has anything to say about it, the one you made that convinced the judge to give your convicted client a vastly reduced sentence. Passon is an Arizona assistant federal public…
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Judge, Jury & Wardrobe Executioner

A pair of Florida attorneys are seeking a new trial for their convicted clients because the courtroom security guards mistakenly thought they were the Fashion Police, or working the red velvet rope line at the hottest club in South Beach. Attorneys John Bergendahl and Bruce Zimet, whose clients were convicted of defrauding the US and…
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Is Today’s Version Of Law School Right For You?

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: law grads simply aren’t getting hired by big, fancy firms at the same rates (and salary levels) as they used to — no matter how fervently my Greek grandmother might assure me that law is a safe and sensible career path. Thanks to an economic crisis and shrinking job…
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The Lawsuit to End All Lawsuits

While The New York Times and Wall Street Journal drone on about class action lawsuits and criminal cases involving government malfeasance, it took the tabloid New York Post to report on the most momentous lawsuit of all time: Man Suing Almost Everyone For All the Money On Earth Yup. According to The Post, Anton Purisima,…
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California Makes Lawyers Vow to Play Nice

Back before “Make a Will” month began (btw, have you made a will? If you’re still alive, there’s still time!) we noted one of the signs of the coming Legal Profession Apocalypse, namely that a California federal court judge, without any provocation or precipitating incident whatsoever, ordered opposing counsels in a trial to preemptively draw…
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