Monday, March 2, 2015

Rainy Monday

  • When you sign a marker at a Las Vegas casino, make sure you read the small print because the Supreme Court of Nevada is going to hold you to it. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Defense attorney Herb Sachs died last week at 83. RIP. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • We still don't know the names of everyone who was awarded medical marijuana licenses last year. [RJ]
  • What is it with local government and not wanting their employees speaking to the press? [RJ]

Friday, February 27, 2015

Know The Truth

  • Has Half Price Lawyers shut its doors? At least part of the story of what is happening with Half Price Lawyers is posted on the website of that name. No word yet on what kind of weight to to give this explanation. 
  • Is this move by Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic to keep the stadium issue off the June ballot an act of creative lawyering or good ol' fashioned politicking?  And, oh, that hair. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at AB120, a religious freedom bill for students. [KNPR]
  • Here's a look at the infamous Las Vegas traffic lawyer feud between Mark Coburn and Scott Holper. [RJ]
  • The "road rage case" defense team want gun shot residue testing done on the victim. [Fox5Vegas]
  • If you didn't see it in the comments, here's an article about an business that offers shoplifters a chance to pay them a fine if they don't report the shoplifter to the police. [Slate]
  • There's a $300 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by lenders on the Fontainebleau project. [Reuters]

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blaze Of Glory

  • Former judge Steven Jones has 90 days to turn himself over to federal custody and begin his 26-month sentence. [RJ]
  • Nevada's change in construction defects laws is making national news. Also, in an 1822 home CD case that settled for $6 million last year, the plaintiffs' firm took in $2.7 Million of that amount. [WSJ]
  • The HOA scandal is finally in trial. For those of you who forgot or are new to the area, this is a big case that involved greed, death, and construction defects. After years of dragging it out, trial finally started yesterday with only four defendants remaining including attorney Keith Gregory. [8NewsNowRJ]
  • Despite her dramatic announcement that she was pregnant, Gloria Lee was sentenced to 5-14 years in prisons for the "arson puppies" case. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Judge Elissa Cadish agreed to allow prosecutors to withdraw their request for the death penalty after the mother of murder victim made the request. [KNPR]
  • The February bar exam wraps up today. Time to celebrate?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


  • DA Steve Wolfson was part of filming a "docudrama," not a reality show. Totally different than the type of shows that the constable and coroner and Metro and City Hall were trying to do. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the testimony that Attorney General Adam Laxalt is offering in Washington today. [Ralston Reports]
  • Governor Sandoval signed into law AB 125 which reforms Chapter 40 construction defect processes and takes effect immediately. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, a bill to change vehicle emissions testing to every other year instead of annually is facing an uphill battle. [RJ]
  • Judge Barker is set to do some sentencing in the "arson puppies" case. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Erich Nowsch, the suspect in the "road rage" shooting, is being represented by C. Conrad Claus. (Note that his web address is And apparently, Nowsch was high on marijuana when police interviewed him--and the police knew because they let him do it. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A reader wants to know "how to win over Judge T. Arthur Ritchie, Jr." Do any of our family court practitioners know the secret?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tip Jar For Justice

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he took a serious look at elected judges--an oft discussed topic in these parts. Here's the video. Did he tell you anything you didn't know or hadn't thought about? Is there any way this will ever change here?

Monday, February 23, 2015


  • Yes, it snowed (a little), but no schools or courts are closed, so carry on.
  • The Nevada Senate passed AB125 sending it on to the Governor for his expected signature. [RJ]
  • Three things to know about the construction defect bill. [RGJ]
  • The Nevada legislature currently has nine gun-related bills in the works. [RJ]
  • Immigration courts are in crisis mode. [KNPR]
  • Here are some tips for potential whistleblowers from four local attorneys. [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, February 20, 2015

Trial Lawyers Usually Support Democrats

  • Congrats to Bita Khamsi, a Clark County public defender who was appointed as Justice of the Peace to fill the vacancy created by Judge Bill Kephart moving up to the District Court bench after the election. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at AB 125, the "Homeowner Protections Act of 2015." The bill has already been passed in the Assembly and Senate judiciary committee.  It may go to vote before the full Senate today, allowing Governor Sandoval to sign it into law early next week.   (Warning: this article includes insights into the political scene such as, "Trial lawyers usually support Democrats..." [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Two months in and Attorney General Adam Laxalt is making his mark. Here's an interview with him. [KNPR]
  • Ousted family court judge Steven Jones is set to be sentenced next week. [RJ]
  • The City of Henderson has revoked its policy that anyone who talks to the media can be fired. City Manager Jacob Snow threw an attorney under the bus and said the language was mistakenly included by a new assistant city attorney who had worked in the private sector. So that's where the buck stops in Henderson!?! [RJ]
  • The Pacific Legal Foundation is representing some clients in a lawsuit against the Nevada Transportation Authority regarding Nevada's competitor's veto law. The suit was filed in US District Court in Las Vegas and they've got Patrick McDonnell of Rainey Legal Group as local counsel. [Pacific Legal Foundation Liberty blog]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free Advice

  • UNLV Provost John White is stepping down to return to being a professor at Boyd Law School. [RJ]
  • The forged signature of Judge Jennifer Togliatti is being used in a scam. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Was the road rage victim at fault? Here's some insight from attorney Michael Pandullo. [KTNV
  • The February bar exam takes place next week. Have any advice for those taking it?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chilling Effect

  • The Nevada Assembly voted on party lines to pass AB125 which will result in dramatic changes to Chapter 40 and the waistlines way of life of the construction defects bar. [8NewsNow]
  • The Assembly is also working on other meaningful changes to the law like expansions to the definition of justifiable homicide to cover those defending themselves in a carjacking situation. Really? [RJ]
  • To read the bills or for more on what the Legislature is up to, visit their website at
  • A look at what the State pays out in law suits. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Federal prosecutors in the World Cup gambling ring case have an uphill battle. [RJ]
  • The City of Henderson says its employees can be fired for talking to reporters. [RJ]

Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents Day 2015

For those of you not celebrating the birthdays of our many presidents today, here are items:

  • On Friday we told you about a defense verdict in a products liability case involving a paralyzed plaintiff. The author of that post wrote to mention that the plaintiff made some significant recovery--the extent of which was a point of debate during trial.
  • In Reno, Everest Indemnity Insurance Co. got a $4.5 million judgment against it in a bad faith action for refusing to provide coverage for a construction company's defense costs. Tomorrow, they'll start the punitive damages phase of the trial which could help determine how impactful this case will be in the future. [Courtroom View Network]
  • In Nevada, just because you're granted parole doesn't mean you'll be leaving prison any time soon. [RJ]
  • Can employers, like Emeril's New Orleans Fish House in the MGM Grand, require employees to be vaccinated against things like measles? [RJ]
  • A federal judge in South Texas made a ruling on President Obama's immigration executive action which seems to validate Attorney General Adam Laxalt's decision to join the suit on behalf of Nevada. [AP]