Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nasal Ranger

  • The Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded and fined Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson $1,000. [Decision; RJ]
  • Jury selection started in the War Machine trial. [RJ]
  • The Legislature is discussing the length of non-compete agreements. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Could the City of Las Vegas soon be enforcing an odor ordinance with the Nasal Ranger? [RJ]

Monday, February 27, 2017

3 Minutes to Wapner

  • RIP Judge Joseph Wapner of the People's Court fame. [RJ]
  • The threat of a crackdown on illegal immigrants is causing fear in several communities and the possible legal repercussions are more widespread than you might think. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here are some items the Legislature is inviting public comment on this week. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A. William Maupin is returning to the bench via taking retired justice senior status. [Nevada Business]
  • From a press release issued by the Supreme Court of Nevada, here are the applicants for the vacancies on the bench in the Eighth Judicial District:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Stay Cool

  • Today's the last day to get in your application to be considered for appointment to the bench in departments 10 and 18. Here are the applicants so far.
  • Here's a nice article about the CCBA. [Nevada Business

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Keep Churning

  • Solar City reached long-term lease agreements with owners shortly before or during foreclosure. What does that mean? More legal work. [New York Times]
  • The County Commission's decision on development near Red Rock means more legal work too! [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Innocence Project lawyers for Kirstin Blaise Lobato are asking the newly formed DA Conviction Review unit to analyze her case. [RJ]
  • Will Nevada finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? [RJ]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Slayer Rule

  • The Nevada Legislature is joining the AG's office in opposing CCSD's lawsuit over its reorganization. [RJ]
  • Lawyers for the family of Susan Winters say her husband is profiting off of her death. [RJ]
  • The Clark County Commission wants to create a "Green Ribbon Panel" to make recommendations regarding zoning and regulations on recreational marijuana. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The County Commission will be looking at development near Red Rock today. [News3LV]

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zipper Merging

  • The FTC is taking a closer look at auto lenders who use GPS to track borrowers' cars in case they need to repossess them. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • This article about the NDOT promoting zipper merging (probably not what you think it is), also mentions they had to acquire 190 parcels of land for Project Neon and of the 26 that involved eminent domain, only 2 went to trial. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Las Vegas Raiders might have some investors? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Meanwhile, Nevada roads have a backlog of $450 million in needed repairs. [KNPR]

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Judges And New Rules

  • In case you weren't already aware, there are two openings on the Eighth Judicial District Court bench. Applications for those openings in Depts. 10 and 18 are due on February 24, 2017. Because the Nevada Supreme Court and the Nevada Court of Appeals are moving from the Regional Justice Center on February 21, no applications will be accepted in Las Vegas. All applications must be delivered to the Supreme Court in Carson City by 5 pm on February 24. The appointment process is open to all Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, including two years in Nevada. More info and applications here
  • Defender of the First Amendment, Marc Randazza, got a big win in the 11th Circuit for his client Dr. Steven Novella. [Published Opinion]
  • The Supreme Court has decided it is time to update the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure and have selected a committee. We have it on good authority that at least one, if not more of the people on that committee, are readers of the blog, so do you have any suggestions on rules you would like to see changed or added. Arizona recently did this and you can get a taste of the changes they did here.  [ADKT 0522]

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Now Recording

  • The Chairman of the Gaming Control Board surreptitiously recorded a phone call from AG Adam Laxalt who may have been asking the Board to intervene in lawsuit involving the Sands--one of Laxalt's biggest donors. [TNI]
  • One of our readers wants to know what is the best parking option for someone who has to go to the RJC an average of twice a week?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

These Days

  • Greenberg Traurig was hired to represent Nevadans for Background Checks and is seeking public records about why the ballot measure is being blocked from being implemented as law. [RJ]
  • Jacob Hafter shared an article on Facebook last week and commented about he is happy that the State of Nevada and the State Bar are not the only anti-semitic state and court system.  [Facebook-login required]
  • It looks like development may happen on at least part of the Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • Should the DMV automatically register people to vote? [TNI]
  • @RileySnyder reports, "With high caseload in state Court of Appeals, CJ James Hardesty says court will likely ask  for another panel of 3 judges in 2019"  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lawyers In Love

  • Here is slightly more information about the AG's office against the State Bar--for which there is no legitimate reason that it be sealed. [TNI]
  • Markel Insurance wants to void the policy it issued to Robert Graham because he lied about claims against him. Okay, coverage lawyers, how will this play out? [RJ]
  • Our Legislature is hard at work making sure...we don't have to get microchipped? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a special Valentines Day song for you straight from the '80s and Jackson Browne. [Not a Rickroll, I promise]

Monday, February 13, 2017

Office Love

  • Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson was tearful before the Commission on Judicial Discipline. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada added a note to Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.4 to clarify that because federal law still prohibits it, the use of marijuana by attorneys could result in discipline. [TNI]
  • Property owners adjacent to the Badlands Golf Course are appealing their property assessments. [RJ]
  • Whitney Selert, of Fisher Phillips, offers his tips on office romance. Do you have any advice? [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, February 10, 2017


  • Save Red Rock's Motion to Dismiss was denied by Judge Wiese, but was still a small legal victory according to its attorney Justin Jones. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit panel upheld the suspension of the travel ban. [RJ]

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Secret Lovers

  • Did the new Stadium Authority already violate the Open Meeting law? [TNI]
  • Former constable John Bonaventura was indicted for unlawful interception of wire communications--including one involving Judge Bare. [News3LV]
  • Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump's tweets about the judiciary  "disheartening' and "demoralizing." [RJ]
  • The Legislature's hot topic so far seems to be whether we should ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day or combine the two. [RJ]
  • Anyone have details on Case No. 72321, State, Office of Att'y Gen. v. State Bar of Nevada?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Nutty 9th

  • CCSD settles a lawsuit with a transgender police officer. [RJ]
  • Here's more on the proposal to split the "Nutty 9th" Circuit. [RJ]
  • A 9th Circuit panel appeared skeptical of President Trump's travel ban executive order. [NY Times]
  • Do you want Commissioner Beecroft's job? The time to apply is now. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 Nevada Legislature kicked off its 120-day session yesterday. There are a lot of bills up for consideration. Anyone have any bold predictions about what we will see become law out of this session? Any bills that the legal community in particular should be watching?

Also, on of our readers wants to know how to get into the lobbying business in Carson City. Any pointers?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Post-Patriot Bowl 2017

  • Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson faces a disciplinary hearing this week. [RJ]
  • In the wake of Robert Graham, did you know that the Client Security Fund pays out a maximum of $50,000, provided there are sufficient resources. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature kicks off today! [RJ]
  • A look at the legislature and transparency. [TNI]
  • The first of three Bunkerville standoff cases goes to trial today. [RJ]

Friday, February 3, 2017

12th Circuit

  • Elaine Wynn's lawyers from Quinn Emanuel are temporarily barred from participating in her case while Judge Gonzalez decides whether to permanently disqualify them. [Bloomberg]
  • Susan Winters' death, once ruled a suicide, is now a murder and her husband has been charged. [RJ]
  • The CCSD is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop its reorganization. [RJ]
  • Arizona's congressional delegation wants to create a 12th Circuit Court of Appeals. [KNPR]

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Highly Unlikely

  • There are allegations of extortion in the Badlands golf course development matter by the developers against Frank Schreck. [RJ]
  • The We The People competition starts this weekend and features an all-star lineup of local judges and officials. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Is the stadium deal dead in the water? [TNI]

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Justice Gorsuch

  • President Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the open spot on the United States Supreme Court. [NPR]
  • Here are reactions from some of our elected officials, including AG Adam Laxalt. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Sentencing took place yesterday for the former Boulder City Animal Control officer who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Ryan Bundy made a big speech in court yesterday. [RJ]
  • Nevada will get $5 million in settlement with Western Union. [RJ]