Friday, January 13, 2017

SFL Friday -- Embroid Me!

Could this possibly be true?
Specializing in “embroidery, garment printing, custom apparel, promotional
products, screen printing and personalized gifts at more than 300 resource centers
throughout the United States, Canada and Australia,” EmbroidMe is, according to
its website, “the world’s largest promotional products franchise.”
I love learning about entirely new things you never even knew existed -- you have to admit that's a nice perk to litigation.

In other news, this happened.

You really do learn new things every day -- happy Friday!

Miami Attorney Ramon Manuel Rodriguez Charged With Ethical Misconduct By Florida Bar

The Florida Bar's push for civility is welcomed, and judging from this article apparently the Bar has a strategy that starts with weeding out those it convicts as bad apples.

From the DBR:
The Florida Bar has brought ethics charges against Miami attorney Ramon Manuel Rodriguez, accused of knowingly filing and prosecuting a frivolous perjury case against opposing counsel at Lewis Tein.

"Respondent pursued his perjury and fraud claims against Lewis and Tein despite the fact that he knew, or should have known, that same were unsupported by competent evidence," bar counsel Jennifer Falcone wrote in the complaint.

Rodriguez filed more than 20 motions for sanctions against the Lewis Tein  attorneys—none of which were granted, according to charging documents in a related ethics case against yet another lawyer, Jose "Pepe" Herrera.

Herrera faces his own charges for alleged misconduct against the Lewis Tein lawyers. The tribe's attorney, Bernardo Roman III, faces similar charges in a pending case. He is accused of deceitful and prejudicial conduct, as well as violations of bar rules requiring truthfulness and candor.
Yikes!  This dude better hire Tannebaum.

When lawyers behave badly, we all pay.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

3d DCA Watch -- Dear Nice Foreclosure Counsel: We Don't Mean You!

Interesting part concurrence/dissent from Judge Salter on a residential mortgage foreclosure case seemingly birthed in the bowels of hail:
In the present case, I cannot agree that the trial court abused its discretion in denying the plaintiff’s dilatory motion to add a party.  The errors in the present case were essentially errors by counsel, not by the trial court.  The tsunami of residential foreclosures in South Florida in the aftermath of the 2008 real estate recession has been marked in many cases by assembly-line pleadings, preparation of complaints and affidavits by non-attorneys, and the neglect of cases by counsel.5  The trial courts have shown commendable diligence in moving such cases, particularly stale cases, to trial and final judgment.
But look at footnote 5:
Counsel for the parties in this appeal were not involved in such lapses or the errors reflected in the record before us.
Thanks for the clarification, judge!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lopsided Spencer: Rule 68 Exposed!

Here's Spencer's amicus video on Rule 68 and a few of the most powerful corporations in the history of human kind (note these super powerful mega corps are "Pre-T" -- Trump's moving a lot of money around in the next four years).

Monday, January 9, 2017

All Hail Brian Toth!

The kid done good:
The Law Review would like to congratulate UMLR Alumni Advisory Board member Brian W. Toth on his recent promotion to Partner at Holland & Knight. Brian was a member of UMLR from 2006 to 2008 and held the position of Executive Editor from 2007 to 2008. He graduated from the Law School in 2008 magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, Brian clerked for the Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He has since worked at Holland & Knight in the firm’s Litigation Section.
Sure sure, but has he really accomplished anything with his life?


Friday, January 6, 2017

By Popular Demand I Give You......PROCAPS!!!

Did this crappy little blog help make this case famous?

Well that would be immodest.

Truly the credit goes to the fine lawyers who battled each other for years, racking up millions in fees, hundreds of docket entries, nearly continuous all-day hearings and homework assignments before our favorite Magistrate Judge, and a crazy little thing called love:
Accordingly, we affirm.  
The collateral litigation over costs, fees etc. should keep this gravy train running for a few years longer -- who's in on the over/under?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome to the Layer Cake!

This was where I was starting to go before GB beat me to the punch with the SD FL US Attorney rumors.

I like his post much better.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Judge Ungaro Would Crack the Whip

You don't know how many times that thought has crossed my mind.

Kudos to young David Markus, who is plugged in regarding federal court and criminal matters, is younger and more energetic (in the practice of law), and comes from the very best tradition of Miami trial lawyer stock, for scooping me on this story. 

Judge Ungaro is my obsession, my muse, mine a Judge before whom I have practiced in state and federal court for a long time and for whom I have the utmost respect. I thought I knew her better but not as well as I desire than David.
"Wickedly" smart.  Judge Ungaro would "whip" that [U.S. Attorney's] office "into shape." 

Well said, David.
If this appointment happens, I will heed the advice I received from Soia Mentschikoff so long ago, that criminal law is filled with pain, suffering and sacrifice but in the end is so very rewarding and abandon my bankruptcy practice to become an assistant United States attorney, supporting Judge Ungaro in whatever way she demands. 

3d DCA Watch -- You Want It Darker Edition!

It's the New Year let's have some fun!

Should we do any cases after that?

Why not:

Judge Shepherd, Senior Judge.

This is a 33-page civil order (yet not that much meat)!

SHEPHERD, Senior Judge, dissents.

Ok, but why?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 -- The Year of the Carrier Pigeon!

Happy 2017 do something important who gives a s$%t oh crap here we go again let's talk about the latest dumb thing douchehead said:
"You know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. Because I'll tell you what: No computer is safe," he said.
I agree!

And remember how everyone pretended to care about cyber security regarding Hillary emails but now no one gives a crap about Russian election hacking?

Turns out you jokers might need to get serious:
News of the law firm breaches surfaced earlier this year when the Wall Street Journal reported that hackers had penetrated the computer networks of Cravath Swaine & Moore, Weil Gotshal & Manges and other unidentified firms. The clients of these firms include many of the world’s biggest companies, and they are privy to sensitive corporate information. Cravath, for instance, is representing Time Warner (twx, +0.24%) in its merger plans with AT&T (t, +0.59%).
Wait a second -- s%&t''s just got real.

Now what do we do?

Happy 2017 kiddos!