Supreme Court Wonks Take Note!

If you’re a fan of arcane information about the secretive U.S. Supreme Court, don’t miss’s article, which covers the recent rescission of the mysterious rule against note-taking by visitors, and the soon-to-be-infamous Justice Rehnquist bobble-head doll.

California Supreme Court to Review Slave Labor Law

“The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to review the validity of a state law allowing people to sue companies that forced them into slave labor during World War II.

“The justices, without comment, decided at its weekly private conference here to examine a January decision by a Los Angeles appeals court allowing a Korean-American man to sue the former Onoda Cement Co. and its successor, Taiheiyo Cement Corp. of Japan, which has a Los Angeles-based subsidiary. Jae Wan Jeong is seeking back wages, unspecified damages, an apology and establishment of a trust fund to benefit victims of forced labor.

“At issue is a 1999 California law allowing people claiming to be wartime forced-labor victims in Europe and Asia to seek redress until 2010 against multinational firms that operate in the state,” the San Jose Mercury News reports here. I linked to the California State appellate decision earlier here, and to the Ninth Circuit’s subsequent decision in a related case here.

Hairstylist Claims Sexual Harassment on Fox Sports Show

Courthouse News Service is reporting that “A former hairstylist [Lisa Brescher] for the television series ‘The Best Damn Sports Show’ on the Fox Sports cable network has sued the show’s producers and one of its on-air personalities [John Sally] for creating ‘an environment of unrestrained sexual harassment.'” The specific allegations detailed in the complaint are pretty graphic and shocking. UPDATE: Here’s a news story about the complaint, in case the Courthouse News link breaks.

Nation’s Courts Grapple With Budget Woes

This article from the AP discusses some of the problems court systems are facing around the country. One particularly startling item: “In Texas, where lawmakers face a $1.8 billion shortfall, the chief justice has proposed a constitutional amendment to cut two of the nine justices on the state Supreme Court to save money,” it says here.

Accused Lawyer Takes It on the Lam

“A Lafayette, La. lawyer accused of stealing roughly $130,000 that should have been paid to his clients in personal injury settlements has skipped town, investigators said. William Aubrey, 55, was charged with two counts of theft and is under investigation in connection with a third case, according to prosecutors,” New York Lawyer reports here.

Gay Man’s Title VII Claim Argued

“When a gay man is harassed by his co-workers, can he bring a federal claim under Title VII on the theory that he was the victim of sex discrimination because he didn’t live up to the ‘stereotype’ of what it means to be a man?” Read about the interesting oral argument on the issue in Federal District Court in Pennsylvania today from The Legal Intelligencer here.