Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunshine Days

  • Here's the latest on the Tiaffay trial. [RJ]
  • Andrew Rempfer is representing the plaintiffs in an overtime suit against Circle K which just got the oK to proceed as a class action. [RJ]
  • The battle over rooftop solar has been delayed until next year. [KNPR]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shiny Happy People

  • The Tiaffay trial (ex-firefighter who allegedly hired a homeless man as a hitman on his wife) is under way in Judge Eric Johnson's courtroom. After getting a glimpse at opening arguments, any predictions on how this will turn out? [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • In the midst of restructuring, Caesars wants to give its general counsel a one-time special retention bonus of $200,000. [RJ]
  • An arbitrator ruled in favor of the County and against the SEIU. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A police fact-finding panel released video of a Henderson officer-involved shooting from last year. [Fox5Vegas video]
  • Happy people earn more money? [RJ]

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Insert Law & Order Sound

  • Six episodes of Las Vegas D.A., a docu-drama "following Steve Wolfson and his powerhouse team" will air on Investigation Discovery channel some time next year. [RJ]
  • As featured in yesterday's comments, Harris v. Stokes. [Courthouse News; complaint]
  • Las Vegas' first medical marijuana dispensary opened yesterday. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Jury selection is under way for the Tiaffay case. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A child custody battle between a prostitute and ex-cop. [News3LV]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Highway To The School Zone

  • As school starts up again today, please remember to slow down in school zones and watch out for tiny pedestrians. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Five school district employees charged in three months. Keep an eye out for your children. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did you know the faculty at UNLV Boyd School of Law is in the top 50 most-cited law faculties? [Tax Prof Blog]
  • There is a family division bench bar meeting on Thursday, 8/27. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, August 20, 2015

And A Cupola On Top

It looks like dreams do come true! Chief Justice Hardesty and the Supreme Court of Nevada (along with the Court of Appeals) will be getting a brand new courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. Leaving their luxury suite on the top floor of the RJC will net them an additional 8,300 sq. ft. at a cost of $400,000 less over the next decade than what they would pay the County.

The new courthouse, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year, doesn't come without a price though as it will be built on a parking lot at the corner of 4th and Clark. Chief Justice Hardesty said making sure there will still be adequate parking was a big concern that will be addressed. Hardesty also suggested that the soon-to-be-empty top floor of the RJC could become the new Complex Litigation Center for construction defects cases.

Here's the write up:  RJ; City of Las Vegas tumblr.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To The Employed

A reader is having problems with employee retention and wants your input on a simple question--what keeps you at your current job? Is it primarily the pay, the people, the private chef, necessity, etc?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Please Hold, Your Claim Is Important To Us

  • Judge William Voy decided a 15 year-old boy will be tried as an adult when he faces murder charge. [RJ]
  • Stanley Rimer, who let his 4 year-old sun die in a hot SUV, is representing himself in a suit claiming his civil rights have been violated in prison. [RJ]
  • Attorney Mark Rouse explains why social security disability needs reformed. [RJ]

Monday, August 17, 2015

Like The McRib

  • Here's the first look at details emerging from the recently unsealed HOA scandal documents. [RJ]
  • A non-lawyer's guide to asset protection in Nevada. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The More Cops tax hike proposal is back. [RJ]

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Hammer

  • Judge Michael Villani ignored a plea agreement and sentenced Barry Levinson to 8 years in prison and $1.1 million in restitution. Levinson, who has the most bar complaints of any Nevada lawyer, was immediately taken into custody even though he was supposed to report to federal prison on August 21. [RJ]
  • Judge Andrew Gordon dismissed a federal lawsuit against the school district by the parents of a girl who committed suicide due to bullying. [RJ]
  • A girl is suing the school district over being prevented from starting an anti-abortion club. [RJ- includes complaint]

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Time And Place

  • Here's Ralston on the meteoric rise of Attorney General Adam Laxalt. [RGJ]
  • Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic met with street performers/buskers yesterday trying to work out a solution regarding proposed rules for Fremont Street. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a story about Judge Earl and a probate case. [Las Vegas Tribune]

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

High Noon

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sealed With A Kiss

  • Do you really think the sealed documents in the HOA scandal will only reveal romance and not scandal? [RJ]
  • An interview/puff-piece with Michael Cristalli. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Anything else happening this week?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Doing Time

  • Leon Benzer was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison and $13.4 million in restitution for the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • Gloria Lee, of arson puppies fame, will not get early furlough to improve her pre-natal care. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Know any retired or soon-to-retire police officers who want to be marshals in district court? [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Rate The State Bar of Nevada

We heard a lot of you complaining about how long the find a lawyer feature was not functional and how you don't like funding annual meetings in resort locales, but how do you really feel about the State Bar of Nevada? Is the organization serving its purpose?  Is it serving you? Do you benefit from its existence? Would you like to see it be an optional organization? What is it doing right? What can be done better?

How would you rate the overall performance of the State Bar of Nevada?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


  • RIP Jerry Kaufman, age 79. [RJ]
  • Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year sentence for the mastermind of the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • If you read any law-related magazines, the State Bar of Nevada would like your input on this survey

Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Back

  • It looks like the State Bar's Find A Lawyer feature is working. Go test it out and let us know if it is up to date. 
  • Do we need a specialty court for problem gamblers? [RJ]
  • With the July bar exam behind it's time to talk vacation. Anyone have great new plans to share? Any tips on a nice weekend getaway? Do any of you own vacation homes--if so, how often do you make it?