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.
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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 But that didn’t stop her from filing a civil suit against him and his fraternity for “wrongful seduction” — an outdated tort that was once used by fathers to sue the “despoilers” of their unmarried daughters, or sometimes by single women claiming they were seduced by false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.
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.
The firm recently turned down a 47 year old lateral partner with a $7 million book of business because he had not graduated near the top of his law school class years ago. What an asinine policy! Doesn’t a proven track record as a lawyer overcome that? Apparently not where Gibson partners’ ridiculous egos and self-images are at play, according to this.
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.
“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).
The proposed test program would allow 200 law grads to gain admittance to the state bar by working for a civil court for three months and then doing 150 hours of pro bono, rather than taking the traditional bar exam, according to the ABA Journal.