Noon-And-Three-Quarters News 07/08/10

“You have my sword.” “And my bow.” “And my book of business.”
[National Law Journal via ABA Journal]

Gregory Evans, a partner at Milbank, is leaving over a growing distaste for the firm’s “profit model” (which likely means he was non-equity partner doing a lot of work, but not sharing in profits), but he won’t be going alone:

Greg can pretty much go anywhere to practice law and we will follow him. It’s all about Greg and his abilities, not the fancy firm and its high prices. In our environmental cases, we need people like Greg who put us first and get us the best results. Often, big firms just seem to get in the way of this kind of extremely valuable relationship.

Who’s the client Evans is taking with him in his Jerry McGuire like departure?  Sherwin-Williams.  Not a bad book of business for a one-man shop. has a similar story, with a laid off associate seeking revenge by aggressively going after his old firm’s clients, and winning several of them by offering much cheaper rates, Michael Scott Paper Company style.

SEC Tries to Recruit LeBron James

No, the Southeastern Conference isn’t trying to give James some sort of administrative position.  A former attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission suing for a paternity test, claiming LeBron is his son.  Or, more specifically, Leicester Bryce Stovell is suing his mother for fraud in tampering with an earlier paternity test and lying to LeBron about his father.

John McCain to Oppose Kagan Nomination
[USA Today]

John McCain has laid out his reasons for opposing Elana Kagan’s nomination to he Supreme Court:

In 1987 [...] I stated that the qualifications essential for evaluating a nominee for the bench included “integrity, character, legal competence and ability, experience, and philosophy and judicial temperament.” On that test, Elena Kagan fails.

[...] During her confirmation hearing last week, Kagan asserted that Harvard Law School was “never out of compliance with the law … in fact, the veterans association did a fabulous job of letting all our students know that the military recruiters were going to be at Harvard.” She went on to assert, “The military at all times during my deanship had full and good access.” The facts are otherwise.

[...] And perhaps most importantly, I will use my vote against Ms. Kagan to remind people vote McCain in the Arizona Senate primary on August 24th.  I’m John McCain, and I approve this message.

Whine Woot
[Work Bench]

The Associated Press has a long history of protecting its content, and not allowing reprint without permission (and, of course, compensation).  Unfortunately, they don’t have a history of respecting the news content other people create.

Woot CEO Matt Rutledge had some strong (and funny) words for the AP when they covered the sale of his company to Amazon:

The AP, we can’t thank you enough for looking our way. You see, when we showed off our good news on Wednesday afternoon, we expected we’d get a little bit of attention. But when we found your little newsy thing you do, we couldn’t help but notice something important. And that something is this: you printed our web content in your article! The web content that came from our blog! Why, isn’t that the very thing you’ve previously told nu-media bloggers they’re not supposed to do?

So, The AP, here we are. Just to be fair about this, we’ve used your very own pricing scheme to calculate how much you owe us. By looking through the link above, and comparing your post with our original letter, we’ve figured you owe us roughly $17.50 for the content you borrowed from our blog post, which, by the way, we worked very very hard to create. …

We’re major digital players now. Don’t force us to pass this matter to a collection agency.

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