Noon-Thirty News 06/23/10

Posted in News on June 23rd, 2010 by bl1y

Michael Bay to Direct Lathamed: The Movie
[Bitter Lawyer]

Honestly, I don’t know if I’m up to the task.  Sure, I’ve done the Transformers films, so I have some experience with robots.  But Bumblebee and Optimus Prime had some personality.  I could work with that.  But lawyers?  They’re more like the robots you see in an auto plant.  The types they don’t make action figures of.

What more is there to say?  Lathamed, it’s like Titanic, but with fewer survivors.

Why is Contracts Even a Required Class?
[Above the Law]

At the American Constitution Society, Judge Richard Posner confessed that, like most Americans, he doesn’t read boiler plate on contracts that he signs:

For my home equity loan, I got 100s of pages of documentation; I didn’t read, I just signed.

Neither does presiding partner of Cravath Evan Chesler, or pretty much anyone who values their sanity.

Jones Day Cuts Staff, is Poised for…Something
[Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Jones Day has confirmed staff cuts in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Cleveland, but claims no attorneys were lost in the latest headcount reduction. Lyle Ganske, head of the Cleveland office had this to say about the layoffs:

While the entire legal industry has seen radical shifts, we continue to hire additional lawyers to meet client demands. We have also kept our traditional summer and on-campus recruiting programs, and are poised for additional growth.

Ganske clearly has difficult with at least one of the three following words: “poised,” “growth,” or “tact.”

Yo, Where My Lame Peeps Jokes At?
[Boulder Daily Camera]

Carol Burdick is in court, making her case against a former landlord, claiming she was wrongfully evicted from her apartment.  The offense that got her kicked out was an Easter display at her door containing, among other sundries, a pyramid of Peeps.  Now, she’s bringing in some Peeps “experts” to help make her case:

The trial will continue at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to include testimony from a parade of witnesses including a former art teacher who uses Peeps in her artwork, a Denver man who hosts an annual Peeps barbecue and the third-place winners of a Peeps diorama contest.

If there’s one thing this case is guaranteed to bring, it’s a lot of stiff white people trying to make “peeps” jokes.

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Edit War: Battle of Latham

Posted in Law Firm Edit War on May 19th, 2010 by bl1y

While edit warring got put to a stop yesterday with another 3 day protection of Latham’s Wikipedia article, the battle is still raging on in the Discussion page.

Right now it looks like information about the layoffs will make the cut, but that would be only a small victory.  I want to get in the drop in Vault rankings, rumors about stealth layoffs, and the fact that “Latham” is now synonymous with layoffs, as in “I got Lathamed despite having only good performance reviews.”

Feel free to weigh in on the discussions, but remember to keep things civil and respect the Wikipedia rules.

Since this is the first real fight over law firm Wiki content, it’s important we get in as much information as possible and set a good precedent for updates to other law firm pages.

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