Monkey See, Monkey Do. Lawyer See, Lawyer Sue.

May 03, 2018

One of the first rules I learned as a young litigator---painfully sometimes---was a pretty important one: Don't waste the court's time. Don't waste the court's time with frivolous lawsuits or motions or appearances if you can help it. It's a good rule to live by in any court, but certainly in those busy courts with congested dockets and overworked judges. I recall a few formative experiences early in my career when a judge would let me or the other attorney know in no uncertain terms that he/she didn't appreciate having the court's time wasted on matters that could either be...

Hey....hands off my (free) porn!

March 15, 2018

We here in Boston like to think of ourselves as relatively sophisticated folk. We know that Boston is one of America's oldest and most historical cities. We're proud of our prestigious world-class universities. We enjoy our thriving technology and entrepreneurial scene. We even have some great restaurants. But just like most other people in any American city, we really like....our porn. Yes, that's right: We uptight New Englanders are known for maybe, sometimes, occasionally glancing at a porn site or two. And we especially like our free porn sites---particularly given our reputation for New England thriftiness. (There's a reason Filene's...

D’oh! Stupid Television. How I’ll be missing you soon.

February 23, 2018

I have a dumb TV. A really dumb TV. How dumb? So dumb that it doesn't even know who I am. It has no idea what I watch on it. Or when. It doesn't listen to me no matter how much I talk to it. Without my Comcast voice remote giving it the technological crutch it needs, my TV would ignore me completely when I speak. It can't see me either---it's blind as a bat. The internet? Never heard of it. And it doesn't even try to learn anything about me---it has no motivation at all. So it's deaf, dumb...

Oversharing claims another worker (yet again)...

February 14, 2018

After my last post on the Consumer Review Fairness Act and protecting a person's right to complain, I came across this story which highlights the dangers of complaining too much---especially about your employer's customers. Tamlynn Yoder, a server at an Outback Steakhouse in Florida, lost her job when she complained on Facebook that a customer, a local mega-church, failed to tip her for its large $735 takeout order when a volunteer picked it up at the restaurant. I wasn't shocked to learn that Yoder was only 25 years old. It seems that millennials have rightly earned the title of the...

Muzzling the Muzzlers: The Consumer Review Fairness Act

February 01, 2018

When you’re the only lawyer in your family, you get a lot of legal questions from family members regardless of your practice area. Whether it’s personal injury, criminal law, real estate—whatever—you become the go-to source for all things legal. Even though I’ve been practicing in the technology, internet, and intellectual property fields for over two decades, anything legal apparently means everything legal where family is concerned. So… …My nephew, who is completing graduate school in Georgia, had a problem recently with his landlord because of water and mold in his now-former apartment. After I perused Georgia’s rather unfriendly tenant law...

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