What’s a lawyer’s worst nightmare? Well, we’ve all awoke in a cold sweat at 3 am and wondered ifwe had missed a deadline, but near the top is the possibility that all our clients’ confidential information and our confidential and privileged communications with them become public.
Remember that age old expression, “a few bad apples spoil the barrel”. That’s how I feel about my own profession, the practice of law, and in particular the Plaintiffs’ Class Action Bar. Nearly all the attorneys I work with and against are hard working ethical people. They work diligently for their clients while respecting the rules of the game.
Yesterday, a pizza. A few weeks ago, a bouquet of flowers. A few months ago, a pound of yerba mate with a calabash gourd and a bombilla. And a bunch of thank you notes. As a lawyer, I like to think that my work solves people’s problems or at least makes things a little better, but the pizza, bouquet, and yerba mate were all gifts I received from people whose problems I did not solve.
My, campers. How time flies. Twenty years ago, this week, that den of liberal depravity called Hollywood produced a pearl. Twenty years ago, this week, 20th Century Fox released “My Cousin Vinny.” You know what this means? Many of the associates at my firm were not old enough to see this movie without their parents in tow when it came out.
As described on TheNicheReport.com last week, the rising number of allegedly flawed mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae by Bank of America has created a rift between these two behemoths, each of which was bailed out by the U.S. government when the American real estate bubble burst. Now, Fannie Mae is pressuring lender Bank of America to cover losses incurred by insured home loans that have defaulted, but on which the PMI company is refusing to pay.
A fundamental tenet of corporate law is that a business corporation is organized and carried on for the benefit of its stockholders. In recent times, an increasing number of for-profit organizations have formed in order to pursue social and environmental goals. There is a growing investor movement toward the financial support of organizations that have social benefit purposes at the center of their existence.
The latest news in celebrity chef wage and hour litigation is that eight New York restaurants owned by Mario Batali have agreed to settle $5.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that they illegally withheld tips from hourly service workers. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by the court following a fairness hearing, would establish a fund for approximately 1,100 captains, servers, waiters, bussers, back waiters, runners, barbacks and bartenders
With more than three decades of experience under my belt, I like to fancy myself an expert in immigration. Yet however much I think I understand the subject, new things surface that blow my mind and puncture my inflated sense of self. I have come to realize that much of what I “know,” I merely surmise or sense. It’s like looking at an arabesque from a distance, and then homing in, and being stunned by unnoticed details.