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

Docudrama


  • 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 lawiswar.com). 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

Birdman


  • 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 http://www.leg.state.nv.us/
  • 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]

Friday, February 13, 2015

No Soccer For You


  • Someone asked for more coverage about local trials. On Wednesday, a jury returned a defense verdict in a product liability case where a paralyzed plaintiff was seeking $44 million in damages from the manufacturer of a truck bed cover.  The successful defense team appears to have been led by Milwaukee based lawyers J. Ric Glass and Brian Cahill who associated with local counsel at Hall Jaffe & Clayton.  Representing the plaintiff were Bryan Lewis, as well as a team from Hutchison Steffen. [Courtroom View Network]
  • Surprise! A Metro cop charged with assaulting a prostitute may endanger a federal gun case in which he was to be a witness. [RJ]
  • Looks like Stephen Stubbs is facing some felony charges in Las Vegas Justice Court case number 15F00176X. [LVJC Case Lookup]
  • A new attendance policy in the Clark County School District could affect students' driving privileges. [RJ]
  • MLS decided Las Vegas is not getting a soccer team in 2017 or 2018. [8NewsNow]
  • Meanwhile, for those of you interested in establishing international sports here, Las Vegas does have the USA Sevens Rugby this weekend.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Way Of The Dodo


  • The Supreme Court of Nevada heard oral argument yesterday on whether CCSD email addresses are private or public. [RJ]
  • A clerical error resulted in the Supreme Court issuing a reversal order in the Citizen's Outreach case that came to the opposite conclusion of what they released on Monday. Huh? [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas City Council may have another sneaky way to get the proposed soccer stadium funded. [RJ]
  • As pointed out in the comments yesterday, this industry roundtable on attorneys is an interesting read. [Nevada Business]
  • There were several comments about the futures of Gordon & Silver and Half-Price Lawyers, but no one is spilling the details. What will become of the construction defects bar if AB125 passes and completely changes chapter 40? Anyone else have some good rumors or gossip about the Las Vegas legal industry?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Playing By The Rules


  • Mountain Ridge Little League are now the national champions after the team that beat them in the championship game was ruled to have used ineligible players. [8NewsNow]
  • NBC's Brian Williams was suspended for 6 months without pay. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Hall of Fame UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian passed away this morning. RIP. [8NewsNow]
  • If you're interested in what the legislature is discussing with regard to construction defects changes, the RGJ's Ray Hagar is tweeting about it here.
  • The 9th Circuit reversed a copyright decision related to the musical "Jersey Boys." One of the impacted lawyers who was not available for comment:  Sam Lionel. [RJ]

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Winds of Change


  • Here's the money shot from last night's implosion of the Clarion. Naturally, the job was only 90% done as crews figure out a way to take down the remaining elevator tower.  [YouTube]
  • It's looking like Las Vegas' best chance at getting a professional team is through the NHL. A season ticket drive kicks off this afternoon. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Nevada Department of Health shut down a presentation by some scientists about the effects of naturally occurring asbestos in the East Las Vegas/Henderson/Boulder City areas. [NY Times]
  • Yesterday, the US Supreme Court refused to grant a stay on gay marriages in Alabama. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a scathing dissent about the Court infringing on states' rights and maybe signaling what it intends to do later this spring. [SCOTUSblog]

Monday, February 9, 2015

Over One Million Served

Sometime this morning, the page view counter rolled over the one million views mark.  If you didn't see balloons and fireworks when you visited, we're sorry to inform you that you were not the one millionth visitor.  However, thanks for reading and contributing!
  • Here's a puff piece on new Court of Appeals Judge Abbi Silver. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Attorney general Adam Laxalt never had a doubt he would win. [Elko Daily]
  • Eminent domain attorneys Brian Padgett and Kermitt Waters say the state is dragging its feet on Project Neon. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Construction attorney Leon Mead takes a look at the future of construction laws and the current legislative session. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A UNLV philosophy teacher is using the plagiarism scandal as a learning opportunity. [RJ]

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sunny Days


  • Attorney John Eccles died yesterday from complications related to cancer. RIP.
  • The "Million Dollar Burglar" claims he was falsely imprisoned. Does someone with any knowledge of the subject want to enlighten us on his chances of success? [RJ]
  • Should you ever pay off you significant others' debts? [RJ]
  • Not Las Vegas related, but cautionary: Harvard bans professors from having sex with undergrads. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Parking


  • With the growth of downtown Las Vegas has come a decrease in free parking--unless you get validated. Take for example, parking at the Robert T. Eglet Advocacy Center. The signage on the parking meter says the Robert T. Eglet Advocacy Center will validate your parking. However, rumor has it that, despite the lack of small print on the signage, they refuse to validate if you're defense counsel....
  • In the first of what is sure to be many controversial vaccination bills this legislative session, a proposal would have Nevada children getting vaccinated for a sexually transmitted disease before entering public schools. [Fox5Vegas]
  • There's also the possibility of allowing guns to be brought on school property and kept in cars. [RGJ]

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Go Team Go


  • The fight over a potential downtown soccer stadium is going to court! [8NewsNow]
  • Clark County Commissioners opposed a downtown tourism district to pay for a parking garage for the proposed new stadium. [RJ]
  • The dream of a "Nevada" NHL team is still alive. How does the Nevada Black Knights sound? [RJ]
  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt got some support from one of his supporters in a WSJ op-ed. [RJ]
  • Be careful what JCCR forms you use or you may face sanctions from Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla... [Compelling Discovery]
ed. Shutting off the comments on this post. Keep it civil, folks.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Straw Man


  • 7 of the 63 members of the Nevada legislature are lawyers at firms (2 from Snell Wilmer) that are also involved in the political process. Here's a look at when their day jobs interferes with their job as legislators. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One of our commenters says Lionel Sawyer filed bankruptcy last week (case 15-10462). Someone else wants to know what impact it had on them by going to a receiver first? 
  • Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Luis Rojas pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection with a short sale. He faces 5 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June 1. [8NewsNow]
  • Holly Madison and several other showgirls filed suit against several individual--accusing them of recording the women in their dressing room. Holly Madison and the women are represented by Eva Garcia Mendoza. [RJ]
  • In an unrelated story, a revenge porn web site creator got convicted yesterday in San Diego on 21 counts of identity theft and 6 of extortion. [Washington Post]

Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015


  • Did you enjoy the Superbowl? How about the ads? More specifically, how about that Nationwide ad? [RJ]
  • The 2015 Nevada legislative session starts today. Here's a look at it from A-Z. [RGJ]
  • Metro is gearing up for the session by investigating the alleged extortion of an assemblyman. [8NewsNow]
  • A coloring book about lawyers. [SadandUseless.com via Above the Law]
  • A look at discretionary time off or "unlimited vacation." [Vegas Inc.]