Why I No Longer Respond to Unsolicited Inquiries About Legal Matters

Several times a week, I get emails (and occasionally phone calls) from people inquiring about legal topics and asking me a question. If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve made such an inquiry to me. Often, due to my…

Are the Days of Independent Legal Blogging Over?

[UPDATE: Maybe the headline is throwing folks off, so let me reiterate my key question: has there been any noteworthy legal blog started since 2010 that isn't attached to a big law firm? Also, if you read to the end,...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking an In-House Counsel Job

[This blog post holds my personal record for gestation of a blog post. The outline for this post traces back to a student talk I gave at Marquette University in 2004. I first started working on the post some time...

Disability Leave Foiled By Facebook Photos–Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health

Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health Physician Network, 2012 WL 5416616 (6th Cir. Nov. 7, 2012) Another entry in the ever-popular series of litigants foiled by social media evidence. Sara Jaszczyszyn (an even more impressive name than Balasubramani…is this her?) took FMLA…

Plaintiff’s Claims to Be “Bedridden” and “Vegetative” Rebutted by Facebook Evidence–Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment

Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment Group, 2012 WL 3782437 (E.D.N.Y. August 31, 2012) Yet another entry in the running series of litigants getting ensnared by contrary evidence on social media. The underlying case involved a “break room incident.” The plaintiff alleged…

Pursuing a Career in Advertising Law

This post discusses how law students might pursue a career in advertising law. Immediately after law school, the two most likely advertising law job options are: 1) a position at a private law firm that has an advertising law department….

Protip: Kegstands and Vertigo Are Inconsistent With Each Other–Johnson v. Ingalls

Johnson v. Ingalls, 2012 WL 1537480 (N.Y. App. Div. May 3, 2012) The latest entry in my popular series of blog posts about plaintiffs burned by inconsistent evidence in their social media accounts. Today’s case addresses the admission of about…

Revenge Blogger Ordered to Remove Blog–Johnson v. Arlotta

Johnson v. Arlotta, 2011 WL 6141651 (Minn. App. Ct. Dec. 12, 2011) Johnson and Arlotta dated. After the breakup, Johnson got a “harassment restraining order” (HRO) against Arlotta that: prohibited him from (1) committing any acts “intended to adversely affect…

Facebook Entries Negate Car Crash Victims’ Physical Injury Claims

On the ever-popular subject of social media posts that belie the statements litigants make in court, consider Boudwin v. General Ins. Co. of America, 2011 WL 4433578 (La. App. Ct. Sept. 14, 2011). The litigation is the result of a…

Allegedly Lacking Parental Supervision of Teens’ MySpace Activity Doesn’t Support Custody Change–Gillum v. Gillum

Gillum (Davies) v. Gillum, 2011 WL 2084148 (Ohio App. Ct. May 27, 2011) The parents are divorced, and mom has custody of the kids. The dad is now trying to obtain custody. There is some mildly amusing discussion about which…