Friday, April 29, 2016

To The Big Leagues

  • The Supreme Court ruled against HOAs yesterday in the Ikon case. [RJ]
  • It also overturned a conviction that was double jeopardy. [RJ]
  • President Obama nominated UNLV law professor Anne Traum to replace Judge Robert Clive Jones on the federal bench. [Fox5Vegas]
  • President Obama nominated Kate Marshall to the Election Assistance Commission. [RJ]
  • Intrigue at the Water District. [RJ]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Do You Even Carry?

As we mentioned yesterday, DA Wolfson is coming out in support of background checks on gun sales in Nevada. We've also noted on this blog before the special exception in the law that allows prosecutors, judges, and county employees to carry concealed weapons in the courthouse. Gun ownership is a political hot button these days and it got us wondering how many attorneys carry, concealed or otherwise. Does your firm have a policy on it?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Little Red Corvette

  • RIP Charles "Chuck" Thompson, former Clark County deputy DA and attorney for Jerry Tarkanian. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the conviction of a man who killed his neighbor. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • New allegations are surfacing against Ben Nadig and his involvement with his former client Robert Wolfe (a story that first came to out attention in 2014). [RJ]
  • New trial date for the Bundy/Bunkerville standoff case. [RJ]
  • DA Wolfson endorses initiative to mandate background checks on gun sales (Question 1 on the ballot this November). [RJ]
  • Not Vegas specific, but a good reminder to get your affairs in order--it looks like Prince died without a will. [NY Times]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Administrative Professionals Week 2016

Here is your friendly reminder that we are in the midst of Administrative Professionals Week and that tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day. What does that mean to you? Will you be doing something special for the administrative professionals in your life? Any recommendations? Any stories?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lawyer Handsome

  • Robin Leach says, "Handsome Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson is about to become reality television’s newest star..."  Lawyer hot or not? [RJ]
  • The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the suspension of Tom Brady. [CBSsports]
  • Judge Diana Hampton's death was ruled accidental. [RJ]

Friday, April 22, 2016

Historical Cell Data

  • The Supreme Court ruled that police don't need a warrant to obtain certain cell phone records. The opinion is here (Taylor v. Nevada). What do you think? [RJ]

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince

  • No sentencing today for Erich Nowsch after motion to withdraw his guilty plea. [Fox5Vegas]
  • An update on family court attorneys being prepared for trial. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • McDonald Carano Wilson is hosting the annual meeting for Meritas next week at the Cosmopolitan. [Meritas]

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Shell Game

  • Looks like the third time is a charm mistrial for one murder case. [RJ]
  • Judge Navarro is not letting a non-Nevada licensed lawyer represent Cliven Bundy until he proves his ethical disciplinary hearings have been resolved in his favor. [RJ]
  • Henderson Justice of the Peace Rodney Burr will be stepping down to take the lower paying job as Henderson Municipal Court Judge. But, if he decides to take retirement along with the new job, the net effect is a $75,000 raise. [RJ]
  • Las Vegas Law, the docu-drama about the DA's office will premiere on Investigation Discovery on May 12. Synopses of the first three episodes are in this article. [Broadway World]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.2

 Every now and then we get a slow news day and are looking for other topics to discuss. Someone suggested we discuss certain rules--as both a means of refreshing your memory about the rules and maybe sparking some conversation. As always, feel free to hijack the comments to discuss whatever else is on your mind, but also please weigh in with your thoughts on Nevada RPC 8.2, which could be applicable to anonymous comments on a legal blog:

 Rule 8.2.  Judicial and Legal Officials.
      (a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
      (b) A lawyer who is a candidate for judicial office shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Monday, April 18, 2016


  • The woman injured at Lowe's got a $13 million judgment, but no punitive damages. [RJ]
  • U-turns and the law. [RJ]
  • Attorney Aviva Gordon wrote an article on OSHA and transgender workers' bathroom access. [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, April 15, 2016

Blown Away

  • UNLV's new men's basketball coach may already be leaving the program and triggering the handiwork of lawyers who drafted his contract. [RJ]
  • Clark County is considering an elevated Strip-Airport expressway instead of light rail. [RJ]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hair Today

  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a former UNLV student in a plagiarism case. [RJ]
  • Trial is starting for a man who impersonated an officer and raped two women. [RJ]
  • Some area middle schoolers are being told to dye their hair back to a natural color because their current color is distracting. [KTNV]

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


  • As some of you noted in the comments yesterday, the New York woman in the High Roller tryst will have to show up in person to enter a plea for misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an order from Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen. Good use of resources? Good due process? Skype, anyone? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a look at some of the Nevada corporations set up by the firm in the Panama Papers scandal. [RJ]
  • Cliven Bundy's attorney Joel Hansen alleges that Senator Harry Reid is trying to prejudice the criminal case against his client. [RJ]
  • A wrongful death suit brought by family of a Nevada inmate alleges guards created a "gladiator-like scenario." [LasVegasNow]
  • A breastfeeding mom who previously avoided jail time because of her children is back behind bars after testing positive for marijuana. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lighting Up Question 2

  • A plea deal for the woman in the High Roller tryst. [RJ]
  • Judge Cam Ferenbach issued an order affecting the firm at the center of the Panama Papers. [RJ]
  • Ballot measures get names--be prepared to hear a whole lot about Question 1 (background checks) and Question 2 (recreational marijuana). [Las Vegas Sun]
  • How Henderson in dealing with squatters. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, April 11, 2016

Soggy Monday

  • Not necessarily related to the firm, but we got a tip that the Alverson Taylor building is for sale. Anyone know the details? [LoopNet]
  • Several of you alerted us to case A-732871.
  • A law meant to give more voters a voice ended up doing the opposite. [RJ]
  • Revisiting construction defect law a year after AB 125. [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, April 8, 2016

More Money

  • Plaintiff in negligence suit against Lowe's says doctors told her she has forever lost her senses of taste and smell. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Policy Research Institute has updated with 2015 salaries for pubic employees. You can kill a few minutes looking at how much money county and state employees make. We suggest starting here with judges' salaries.  Before you go, who do you think is the highest paid judge in the state? [RJ]
  • After last week's excitement with their opposing party, Clark County Republicans meet tomorrow to try and make headlines of their own. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Notice Anything?

We've received a couple tips about a developing issue with notice. Basically, at least one of the civil departments believes that if a status check is listed on Odyssey, then all parties have notice of that hearing. We've heard reports that on more than one occasion, orders to show cause have been issued when parties fail to attend a status hearing for which there was no notice other than a line on Odyssey. Supposedly, all attorneys are required to be checking that system for hearing dates and times on their cases.

Using your best attorney skills, including citations where possible, explain why this is or is not a violation of due process.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

You Make The Call

  • Chief Justice Parraguirre's wife pleads no contest to DUI charge. Victim in accident believes a battery charge against her was dropped because of her husband's influence. The DA disagrees. [RJ]
  • Alan Dershowitz, on behalf of the Sands, argued to the Supreme Court yesterday about why Judge Gonzalez should be disqualified. What do you think? Should she have given that interview? [RJ]

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Things Are Happening

  • RIP Justice Cliff Young. [nvcourts; Fox5Vegas]
  • Judge Jennifer Dorsey ruled that feds will be able to take some of former Judge Steven Jones PERS retirement monies. [RJ]
  • Citizens For An Ethical Judiciary released its list of endorsements for the upcoming primary election. 
  • If you were watching the Supreme Court's oral arguments yesterday online and noticed problems, it turns out that The Nevada Judiciary was notified the internet services it uses for providing the Appellate Court webcasts encountered a Denial of Service (DOS) attack. This resulted in very slow access to the Nevada Appellate Courts website.
  • The Court heard a defamation case involving Sheldon Adelson. [RJ]
  • And it also heard cases concerning minimum-wage earners. [RJ]

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Man, A Plan, A Canal Panama

  • Allegations of a conflict of interest have surfaced in the Brian Bloomfield's divorce case. [RJ]
  • If you haven't already, you're going to be hearing a lot about the "Panama Papers"--a leak of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The leaked documents expose a lot about how offshore accounts have been utilized and implicate lots of people around the world. It even appears that, natch, there is a Las Vegas connection. Let us know if you know anything about Mossack Fonseca's business in Las Vegas, MF Corporate Services. [RJ]
  • The County Convention resulted in changes in the number of delegates for Bernie Sanders. [RJ]

Friday, April 1, 2016

Fools Rush In

  • A taskforce has been created to combat guardianship abuse. [RJ]
  • Someone sent us this video from the Annual Family Law conference in Ely last month. Anyone know who all was involved?
  • Have you been longing to see the en banc Supreme Court of Nevada in action. Next week is your chance.  All Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court will meet in Las Vegas April 4-5, 2016 for Oral Arguments. The Court will hear 12 cases including:

    ·         Nationstar Mortgage vs. Rodriguez
    ·         Adelson vs. Harris (NRAP 5)
    ·         MDC Restaurants, LLC vs. District Court (Diaz)
    ·         Desai (Dipak) vs. State
    ·         Las Vegas Sands Corporation vs. District Court (Jacobs)

    Synopses for all cases can be found at: