Adam Krohn sues debt collectors for unfair practices, but he found himself in a role reversal last year when calling a fellow California lawyer who owed him money on a judgment.“He told me, ‘Come get it. I want you to know what it’s like to try to collect a debt,’ ” recalls Krohn. So he had a writ of execution served on Scott Carruthers, who Krohn says picked up another $90 in costs for the pleasure of teasing his adversary before paying up on a consumer’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claim.Carruthers did not respond to interview requests.Their tangle, ongoing with new cases in which Krohn says Carruthers is avoiding service altogether, offers a humorous glimpse into a decidedly unfunny area of the law: debt collection.With the nation so awash in debt—the Federal Reserve pegs “consumer credit outstanding” at more than $2.4 trillion—getting payment from those who owe money has become a huge business. And a big mess, with … [Read more...] about Payback: Lawyers on Both Sides of Collection are Feeling Debt’s Sting
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For Andrea, a past decision to ensure her future in law has left her in a stressed and distressful present. Concerned over how it might affect her job prospects, she would not allow use of her real name. And there is reason for concern: She’s been laid off twice since her 2009 law school graduation, including from a position where she earned $20 an hour at a small firm practicing as a licensed attorney. For the 29-year-old, who’s supported herself since college, the financial repercussions of law school may amount to the worst investment of her life, despite a degree from a second-tier school and a resumé that boasts a position on law review and coveted summer associate positions.“I deferred my loans because of economic hardship the first time,” says Andrea, who borrowed nearly $110,000 to finance her education. “After that,” she falters, “they might be in forbearance … accruing interest … I just don’t … [Read more...] about The Law School Bubble: How Long Will It Last if Law Grads Can’t Pay Bills?
Rejecting calls by surviving family members for two consecutive life sentences, a Massachusetts judge today sentenced Neil Entwistle to two concurrent life terms for the first-degree murders of his 27-year-old wife and 9-month-old daughter in 2006, saying that there is no possibility of parole under state law.Middlesex Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmeyer “also sentenced Entwistle to probation for the other two convictions of possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition on the condition that he not ‘profit in any way from the sale of his story either by way of book or otherwise,’ ” reports the Boston Herald.His case will automatically be appealed to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, and Entwistle’s defense lawyers indicated they plan to challenge “unlawful entries” made by police into the family’s home in Hopkinton after the murders, apparently referring to well-being checks authorities made when requested to do so by … [Read more...] about Neil Entwistle Gets Life for Murdering Wife & Baby
All About Advertising LawVenable’s group blog covers advertising laws of concern to broadcasters and marketers, with special attention paid to implications of Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission rulings. This year, they ran a very informative series called “Golden Rules,” all about the advertising and sponsorship issues raised by the Olympics. Arbitration Nation“This blawg provides recent news on all sorts of interesting arbitration decisions nationwide and does so accurately, intelligently, concisely and with a sense of humor and, sometimes, savvy political commentary. This may be the best ADR blawg, period. I have not seen a better one, and I read an awful lot of ADR news and edit the ABA ADR website for the Litigation Section.” —Mitchell Marinello, Novack & Macey, Chicago Art Law & MoreThe field of art law is often more swashbuckling than it’s given credit for. Posts on Art Law & More contain details … [Read more...] about 10th Annual Blawg 100
Editor’s Note: In a remarkable speech at the National Defense University in May, President Barack Obama signaled an end to the war on terrorism; maybe not an end, it turns out, but a winding down of the costly deployments, the wholesale use of drone warfare, and even the very rhetoric of war. Click here to read the full editor’s note.Are cops constitutional?In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent. “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,” Roots writes.Civil liberties activists say our nation’s police forces have become too militaristic—like … [Read more...] about How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?