Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy 150th Nevada!

It's Nevada's 150th birthday! For those of you who weren't so lucky to get the day off, here are a couple of news items:

  • In a very Nevada-like way, on the eve of Nevada Day, the Supreme Court of Nevada issued an opinion holding that the strip-dancers at Sapphire are employees--not independent contractors. [Terry v. Sapphire Gentlemen's Club; CBSNews]
  • The RJ has some of the juicy details about how Leon Benzer carried out the HOA scandal, including a $10,000 gift/bribe to his personal attorney Keith Gregory. The RJ intended to publish the article on Sunday, but Benzer filed a motion to quash and the RJ went ahead and published it already. Enjoy! [RJ]
  • Raymond James "Jim" Duensing, candidate for Clark County District Attorney, is currently playing the role of defendant in a trial against him being prosecuted by the office of that position. It is not expected to conclude before election day. [RJ]
  • Trick or treat? MGM Resorts International confirmed it is in talks with a group to bring an NHL team to Las Vegas. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, October 30, 2014


  • Judge Herndon doesn't see the harm being caused by Uber and denies the TRO. Preliminary injunction hearing is set for November 14. [RJ]
  • One perspective on why the Laxalt/Miller race for attorney general is so competitive. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Another candidate is ruled ineligible for not meeting the residency requirements. [RJ]
  • Do you have your Michael Davidson for District Court Judge chip clip? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Sneaky FBI agents dressed up like the Geek Squad to get access to rooms so they could get search warrants with regard to an illegal World Cup betting ring busted earlier this year. [Fox5Vegas; RJ]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

  • A woman sued her two former attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld in federal court for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and not disclosing conflicts. [RJ
  • Judge Michael Villani denied a motion to overturn a conviction based on the prosecutor's partial disclosure of witness payments and the defendant's failure to follow up on it. [RJ]
  • A TRO against Uber was issued in Washoe County yesterday. Today Uber gets its chance in Clark County. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • We're still taking responses for our Magic Number survey here.  We've already received 22 responses, but still need information for the following firms:  Lewis & Roca; Hutchison Steffen; Payne & Fears; Greenberg Traurig; Fennemore Craig; Wood Smith; Wilson Elser; Thorndahl Armstrong; Snell & Wilmer; Richard Harris; CPK; McDonald Carano; Olson Cannon; Lionel Sawyer; Lincoln Gustafson; Lipson Neilson; Lee Hernandez; Koeller Nebeker; and Kolesar & Leatham among others. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Monster Mash

  • Judge Douglas Herndon will hear the State of Nevada/Taxicab Authority's Application for Temporary Restraining Order against Uber tomorrow morning. [Dist. Ct. Case No. A709002; RJ]
  • OJ Simpson's appeal is now before the Supreme Court of Nevada. [RJ]
  • Defense attorneys for the Metro officer accused of possessing and distributing child pornography found in his Google cloud are arguing that he doesn't know how it got there and the cloud is not under his control. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Bill Clinton will be at Springs Preserve at 3pm today to rally the troops. [8NewsNow; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Just in case you thought Nevada has a corner on the market, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court is in the news for an email scandal involving one of its justices. [WSJ Law Blog]

Monday, October 27, 2014

Uber My Dead Body

  • The Nevada legal battle over ride-sharing service Uber has begun. The attorney general's office managed to get a temporary restraining order issued in Carson City, but was unable to get one in Clark County. Uber is being represented by Don Campbell, who says that that Catherine Cortez Masto and her office sought to get ex parte TROs, even though she was aware Mr. Campbell was involved. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, the Nevada Taxicab Authority has a new public relations problem on its hands as it fights the future. [RJ]
  • The Clark County District Attorney's office is still dealing with the fallout of undisclosed witness payments. In the latest case to be brought up again (after the RJ showed an attorney information about the payment), prosecutors claim to have disclosed the payment, while the defense maintains the disclosure was not enough. [RJ]
  • The CityCenter Harmon Hotel trial, which is supposed to last at least a year, starts jury selection this week and has required modification to Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez's courtroom. [RJ]
  • According to Ralston Reports, early voting turnout favors Republicans. Will this affect your favorite judicial races? 
  • We've already had 15 responses in our magic number survey. If you haven't taken it yet, you can do so here

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Magic Number Survey

You asked for it and here it begins. The Magic Number survey. For those of you not familiar, go visit the old Wild Wild Law blog and you'll see what we're talking about. We want to know what first year associates at your firm are making, as well as their billable hour requirement. These two pieces of information combined give us the salary per billable hour (or Magic Number) that is sometimes used by naive associates trying to determine where to work. (Of course, you know better, don't you....)

You can take our short survey by clicking here. You can take it multiple times if you have information about more than one firm. Do your best to be accurate. The great thing about this survey is that if we get conflicting information, we can just average it.

For those of you nervous about taking the survey, please know we value your privacy and anonymity. The survey results will tell us your answers, how long you took to answer the questions, and your IP address. We're only going to disclose your answers. If you're paranoid about your IP address disclosing too much about yourself, feel free to use an anonymizer or proxy server if you can figure that out.

Doing What Comes Naturally

  • The July bar results came out yesterday and were pretty dismal with only a 57% pass rate.  [Nevada Bar]
  • Governor Sandoval says Nevada will oppose en banc rehearing of the gay marriage case. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Did you ever wonder which Avvo highly rated lawyers were also Boyd grads? Wonder no more
  • Family Court Judge William Potter is getting some negative attention prior to the election due to a ruling on what happens to a child when his gay mother is deployed and his father is in another state. [RJ]
  • An assembly candidate who was ruled ineligible to run, but remains on the ballot because of the timing of the ruling, could still potentially be appointed if she gets more votes than her opponent. [RJ]
  • Here are some judicial endorsements from the Las Vegas Tribune.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


  • Judge Abbi Silver set bail at $1 million for a pimp accused of torturing a prostitute. [RJ]
  • Will overpopulation in county jails lead to less bookings? It already has. [RJ]
  • Ride-sharing app Uber is getting ready to launch in Las Vegas. [8NewsNow]
  • Meanwhile, the Nevada Taxicab Authority approved an 8% increase in cab fares. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Life is Beautiful festival is affecting downtown with road closures. [KNPRnews]
Sometime in the last day we hit 800,000 page views. We just want to say thanks for reading and contributing. As always, if you have any suggestions, let us know. (Unless it's the idea about looking at magic numbers--we're already working on that.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No Business Like Show Business

  • Something about Clark County government just makes people want to be on tv. District Attorney Steve Wolfson will be presenting a proposal he has been working for six months to County Commissioners. He hopes to get you excited by suggesting you might be able to recreate your role for tv! [RJ]
  • Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson is embroiled in a same-sex divorce case where she granted an order for which she didn't have jurisdiction. Uh-oh! [8NewsNow]
  • Can anybody offer any insight into what is going on with the new Justice Court e-file site and Wiznet?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Super Seal

  • Federal prosecutors got in trouble with US Magistrate Cam Ferenbach over their use of "super seal" to seize assets without giving notice. [RJ]
  • Can you get a summons through email? [8NewsNow]
  • The Miller v. Laxalt race for Attorney General is heating up. [RGJ]