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  • Morning Docket: 12.06.23
    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.06.23

    * Texas woman heads to court to get an abortion after learning the fetus is not viable and seriously threatens her health. You know, the sort of medical tragedy that definitely needs more lawyers, judges, and briefing. [Reuters]

    * While Joshua Wright files more ill-advised lawsuits, the judge tossed his first $108M suit until he can allege some actually defamatory statements. [MLex]

    * Sam Alito wants to help his buddy defund the United States. It’s not working out for him. [Slate]

    * Wisconsin’s radical anti-union law could soon meet its match. [The Nation]

    * NY case considers whether 401k plans should be barred from making investment decisions that make politicians unhappy. [Bloomberg Law News]

    * Professor Jim Park discusses the history of securities fraud in the United States and it’s as bad as you’d think. [Oh My Fraud]

    * A pair of mid-sized firms pair up to create a firm that should make the next Am Law 200. [Law360]

  • Morning Docket: 12.05.23
    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.05.23

    * Law firm leaders less optimistic going into 2024, in case you were still wondering if the average law firm leader has any clue how business works. They entered 2023 in the midst of flagging growth and 8 percent inflation combining to bring deal activity to a near halt and they felt BETTER than they do going into 2024 with red-hot 5.2 percent growth and inflation that’s going to settle just under 3 percent (and bring down interest rates with it)? [American Lawyer]

    * Court struggles to determine if Second Amendment covers switchblades. Time to scour the work of 18th century greasers to see what they thought. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Supreme Court looks into legality of shield protecting Sackler family from opioid settlement. [Bloomberg Law News]

    * Meanwhile, The Onion has coverage of how Clarence Thomas is approaching this case. [The Onion]

    * DeSantis cronies on new board governing Disney property accuse the company of controlling the old board. Which it acknowledges wasn’t illegal. These people really can’t get any dumber. [Reuters]

    * Golden Gate is done, but the challenges for students are just getting started after ABA nixes school’s teachout plan. [ABA Journal]

    * Former Biglaw attorney begins second murder trial. [Law360]

  • Morning Docket: 12.04.23
    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.04.23

    * Could it be that originalism revolves around blatant historical falsehoods? Yes, don’t be silly, of course it is. [Politico]

    * Supreme Court eyes blowing up tax law while it’s at it. [Bloomberg Law News]

    * Judge characterizes Google’s tactics as deeply troubling. If these shenanigans offend him, don’t let him see what’s going on in any of the Trump cases. [Law360]

    * Trump’s legal team suggests delaying trial until Trump leaves office after the hypothetical next term because… reasons. [Washington Post]

    * Federal judiciary asks for less money this year but still warns of shortfall. Congress shouldn’t even pay the heating bills until the Supreme Court adopts ethics rules with teeth. [Reuters]

    * The Fifth Circuit does a lot of stupid stuff, but its new AI regulation is a low-key contender for its dumbest [Law.com]

    * Amazon’s approach to unionizing workers was unsurprisingly illegal [CNBC]