The number of challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement that are pending around the country. The Sixth Circuit this week rejected requests from a group of Catholic-related nonprofit organizations to issue a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of that portion of the controversial health care law.
Lawyers defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in the George Washington Bridge closure scandal have now racked up bills totaling $3.2 million — so far. Sixty attorneys at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher billed the state $2.2 million in February, according to an 81-page invoice released by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office this week. That’s in addition to a $1.1 million bill submitted the previous month. Gibson Dunn didn’t release its controversial 344-page report clearing the Christie administration until March 27, so that likely wasn’t the last phone book-sized invoice to land on the state’s desk.
The legal sector dropped 700 jobs in May, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report included more bad news in the form of revised job numbers for April that showed a jump in the number of lost jobs from the original estimate of 1,200 to a total of 2,100.
In the latest development in the ongoing saga of Dewey & LeBoeuf, the defunct firm’s bankruptcy estate is on path to pay former employees $4.5 million to settle claims that the firm failed to properly warn about its huge layoffs prior to its 2012 collapse. A group of 425 ex-employees sued under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which mandates that employers of more than 100 workers give 60-day advance notice of massive layoffs. The settlement still needs approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn, who will take it up at a hearing at the end of the month.
Is there anything more stressful for a law student than the current bleak job market? How about having your personal information disclosed to hundreds of your classmates? Last week, the University of Virginia Law School inflicted that particular nightmare on its student body when an administrator accidentally emailed the GPAs, class ranks and political affiliations of 155 students to a clerkship listserv. Not to worry, though: That email was quickly followed with one advising the recipients to “PLEAE [sic] DELETE IMMEDIATELY.” We’re sure they all did just that. Law students applying for clerkships are not at all interested in each other’s GPAs.
The Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office isn’t too pleased with the number of sinning lawyers in Sin City. Prosecutors have noted an “alarming” number of lawyers convicted of serious crimes in the state since 2008. The number — 23 to be exact — consists mostly of lawyers from Las Vegas. The prosecuted lawyers have been busted for a number of white-collar crimes, from mail fraud to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. “In the last several years, the number of lawyers charged with federal crimes has increased dramatically,” says U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden. “Although we cannot speculate as to the reason for the rise in numbers, we can say that it is embarrassing and sad when lawyers violate the very laws they have taken an oath to uphold.”
In the latest in courtroom dress code news, Pennsylvania Judge Wayne Maura fined a teen $50 for wearing sagging pants in court. Eighteen year-old Adam Dennis apparently missed several signs posted in Maura’s courtroom that depicted three cartoon figures wearing the offending low-slung trouser style with a warning to “Pull Your Pants Up!” Maura called the wearing of pants “completely below” the buttocks a sign of disrespect for the courts and taxpayers. “I think Mr. Dennis is old enough to understand when he’s in a public courtroom, there’s a reason he was told to leave and fix the way he’s dressed,” Maura said. In a hearing this week on the contempt-of-court charge, Dennis’ lawyer argued that it was really the judge who caused the courtroom commotion by leaving the bench to determine whether Davis’ pants were at waist level.