The website for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual meeting said the more than 2,500 lawyers in attendance could “earn a year’s worth of CLE/CPD credit in three days, exchange ideas with peers during more than 30 hours of networking events, and gather information from more than 100 law firms and legal service providers,” including ALM Media Properties LLC, publisher of The National Law Journal.
But it didn’t mention the Thomson Reuters prize wheel, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. skee-ball, massages, iPad raffles or many of the after-hours parties that had the in-house counsel buzzing. By the end of each day, the corporate counsel lugged bags brimming with parrot oven mitts from Corporation Service Co., plush lobster toys from Boston-based Sullivan & Worcester and infuser water bottles from Dentons, among other goodies. “The swag every year is a lot of fun,” said Todd Silberman, general counsel for Mesilla Valley Transportation Inc. in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s always different.” — Andrew Ramonas
Not So Amused
A T-shirt and mug maker’s case is complaining that the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security can’t take a joke. Dan McCall has filed a federal lawsuit defending his First Amendment right to make parody products bearing slogans like “Department of Homeland Stupidity.” McCall alleges the agencies’ cease-and-desist ­letters to an online retailer that sells his products improperly imply that he violated the ­government’s intellectual property. “No reasonable viewer is likely to believe that any of the materials is affiliated with or sponsored by defendants,” McCall’s lawsuit says. — Sheri Qualters
Joshua Eugene Baker of Muncie, Ind., was considered a person of interest in a robbery investigation. When detectives searched his home, they found a vial of gray powder that they set aside, as Baker was suspected of abusing drugs. Later, they discarded the vial in a garbage can full of rainwater. The Star Press of Muncie now reports that the vial actually was an urn containing the ashes of Baker’s deceased mother. He is suing for compensatory damages of $1 million. — Richard Binder