Home Daily News Judge has a problem with law firm's ads,… Law Firms By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted March 13, 2018, 7:00 am CDT Shutterstock A Philadelphia lawyer isn’t done litigating false advertising cases against law firms, though he wasn’t able to persuade a federal judge last month that Larry Pitt & Associates was entitled to damages for a rival Philadelphia firm’s ad claims. Lawyer Maurice Mitts told the Legal Intelligencer he wasn’t ready to say whether the Pitt firm would appeal the Feb. 15 decision, which criticized the defendant law firm, Lundy Law, despite ruling on its behalf. But there is a second case waiting in the wings: a false advertising suit against Morgan & Morgan. Mitts represents the plaintiff law firm, Rosenbaum & Associates, which recently filed an amended complaint with added details from discovery. The initial suit alleged that Morgan & Morgan leads consumers to believe the firm actively litigates cases in … [Read more...] about Judge has a problem with law firm’s ads, but says rival can’t recover damages
[JURIST] An unnamed woman in her 60s filed a lawsuit [Kyodo report] against the Japanese government Tuesday seeking 11 million yen (approximately USD $101,000) in damages for her forced sterilization at the age of 150because of her intellectual disability under a now-repealed eugenics law. The National Eugenic Law [text, in Japanese] entered into effect in 1940. The law [Japan Times backgrounder] restricted access to birth control and promoted genetic screening to identify defects in unborn children. However, the compulsory sterilization provision only applied to infants with "inherited mental diseases." Following World War II, a new, but similar sterilization law went into effect in 1948. An estimated 25,000 people were sterilized under these two laws. In 1996, new laws entered into effect that abolished the compulsory sterilization of children born with any physical of mental defect. The woman argues [BBC report] that the operation was a violation of her human rights. Japanese … [Read more...] about Japanese woman files lawsuit against government seeking damages for forced sterilization
It is difficult to provide a general description of today’s working and business conditions that lawyers practicing in Puerto Rico are facing in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which struck the island in September. There are several factors that contribute to this difficulty, beginning with the lack of a thorough assessment of the present working conditions of attorneys practicing here. Moreover, we are not aware of any survey to determine damages caused by the hurricanes to lawyers at a personal level.But the extent of the damage the hurricanes caused to the island’s infrastructure was extreme.The most significant damage was to the electric power grid, which collapsed almost completely. Our office is located in a sector of San Juan that received certain priority in re-establishing the electricity service, but we were without power for seven weeks. We endured almost four months without power in our house.Even at present, more than four months after the storms … [Read more...] about It’s difficult to describe lawyers’ situation in Puerto Rico, but hurricanes’ damage was ‘extreme’
A 29-year-old Dallas woman accused of damaging a lawyer’s Andy Warhol paintings and other artwork could be sentenced to life in prison if she is convicted of the charges.The woman, Lindy Lou Layman, is charged with criminal mischief under a statute that metes out higher sentences when the property damaged is more expensive, Texas Lawyer (sub. req.) reports. Damage to property valued at more than $300,000 is a first-degree felony carrying a potential life sentence.Layman is accused of destroying $300,000 worth of sculptures and paintings while at the home of Houston plaintiffs lawyer Tony Buzbee on Dec. 23. Her lawyer, Justin Keiter, told the Houston Chronicle at a court appearance on Tuesday that they “certainly disagree” with Buzbee’s “rendition of the facts.”Prosecutors said Layman was on a first date with Buzbee when the incident occurred, but Buzbee told Texas Lawyer that Layman came to his home with other people. Buzbee told Texas Lawyer that he … [Read more...] about Woman accused of damaging lawyer’s Warhol paintings could get life sentence if convicted
a new book about the administration’s first nine months in office. Charles Harder, a Trump attorney, sent a letter to Bannon last week, the Washington Post reported.According to the Washington Post, Harder accused Bannon of disclosing confidential information to Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, and making “disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements” to the author about Trump, his family and his company.However, some law professors think such a lawsuit would be unsuccessful.Generally, nondisclosure agreements are enforceable unless they run against the public interest, which is an argument Bannon could make, University of Arizona law professor Jane Roberta Bambauer says.Bambauer, whose research includes big data and privacy law, notes that the remedy would be problematic if such a lawsuit was pursued.“It’s difficult for litigants to claim large damages when the nature of the award is that they expected to be less … [Read more...] about If Trump sues Bannon for violating a nondisclosure agreement, what are his damages?