ABA May Endorse Limits on Asbestos Suits

Though more often aligned with plaintiffs’ lawyers, the ABA is considering endorsing a limitation on asbestos suits aimed at allowing recovery for those who are actually sick and suffering, while eliminating the claims of plaintiffs who show signs of asbestos exposure but have no symptoms of disease, the AP reports here.

Gypsies Suing IBM for $12 Billion

They claim IBM knowingly aided the Nazis and helped automate the Holocaust, making it more efficient. A Swiss court has cleared the way for the case to proceed on March 20, the New York Times reports here.

Duke University Student Sues for “Wrongful Seduction”

When her frat-boy boyfriend tried to jump her bones after his fraternity’s Christmas party, student Nora Lindsey Kantor told him to stop. Eventually, he did. But that didn’t stop her from filing a civil suit against him and his fraternity for “wrongful seduction” — an outdated tort that was once used by fathers to sue the “despoilers” of their unmarried daughters, or sometimes by single women claiming they were seduced by false promises of marriage. Ironically, the tort she has chosen recalls a time when women were essentially considered the “property” of men. Read about it here.

Courthouse Brawl Send Three to Jail, Two to Hospital

The near-riot started during a hearing in a family law case in Jackson County, Missouri, when fists flew between a husband and wife and the man’s ex-wife and her current boyfriend. The judges are pissed about the bailiffs’ delayed and inadequate response, the Kansas City Star reports here.

Skjerven Morril Disbands

“For the second time in less than a week, a Bay Area technology law firm is dissolving: Partners at Skjerven Morrill have voted to disband the firm,” law.com reports here.

More Restrictions Against “Practicing Law” By Non-Lawyers?

The ABA is proposing stricter guidelines on who can dispense “legal advice” — guidelines that “could subject real estate agents, income tax preparers, credit counselors and other laypeople to civil and criminal penalties.” The FTC and the DOJ are objecting, saying the proposed guidelines are much too broad, and that their real intent is to protect lawyers’ wallets, the New York Times reports here. UPDATE: It looks like doctors are going after the same kind of restrictions at the same time, according to this.

Safe Sex

“In a ruling that might have been pounded out with clubs in some Neolithic cave,” writes law.com here, “Sacramento’s Third District Court of Appeal held this week that two female corrections officers weren’t victims of sexual harassment, despite their boss’s penchant for sleeping with — and then unfairly promoting — their colleagues.”

You can read the court’s opinion here (PDF).