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Hi there, it seems mighty quiet around here, let's see what there is to discuss in the District:

Ms. Intrepid reports that Jeremy Alters will be paying $600k to resolve one of his checking overdraft origination lawsuits:
Miami plaintiffs attorney Jeremy Alters has reached a $600,000 settlement in one of two cases brought by Argentinian law firms claiming they originated the theory behind a wide-ranging class action lawsuit on bank overdraft fees.

A similar case brought by Raponi & Hunter Abogados of Argentina is still pending, with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey due to rule on a motion for summary judgment soon.
I found this part amusing:
Alters strongly denies he got the idea for the litigation strategy from the Raponi lawyers. He said they made an unrelated suggestion about a bank class action, but he got the idea for the overdraft case after finding three similar cases had been filed in California. He said he offered Raponi a 6 percent cut of his fees in February 2011, something he now calls "a mistake."
So there were three existing California cases, which gave you an "idea" to file a fourth?

Good idea!

Also, which part of the 6% offer was a mistake -- the offer, or the percentage (should have stuck with 5)?

The Miami Herald says vote NO on Amendment 5:
Amendment 5 would inject the Senate into the selection process of justices.

There’s no need to infuse more politics into a process that, despite some warts, has worked well the past 40 years after Florida voters gave the nod to the JNC process and retention elections for appellate judges. This ended decades of corruption at the highest levels.

The proposed amendment also would allow the Legislature to repeal a JNC rule or procedural court rules — say, deadlines for filing court documents or risk having a case tossed, or time limits to ensure a constitutional requirement for a “speedy trial” — by a simple majority vote.

Right now, such rules can be changed by the Legislature only by a two-thirds vote, thus ensuring a check but also a balance on the powers of each branch of government.

Amendment 5 simply is a political power play by Tallahassee pols backed by special interests attempting to change the balance of power. The Miami Herald recommends: Vote No.
Hey, not bad for the Herald.

Scott Rothstein and the worst product placement ever:
The uncle said he had no idea there was trouble brewing when he boarded the flight with Rothstein and a Boca Raton restaurant manager who Rothstein was bringing along as a translator.

When they landed in Casablanca, the three went to check into a luxury hotel with Rothstein asking his uncle to put the tab on Boockvor's credit card. The total hotel bill for their stay would end up being about $30,000, Boockvor said in a June deposition.

They dined at McDonald's that first night, then spent the next two days looking at apartments and houses for rent, Boockvor said. He came to believe that Rothstein was considering buying a nightclub, he said.

"Day Three is when all hell broke loose," Boockvor said.
Exactly -- we call that the "Mickey D Effect" (though it usually doesn't take three days).


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/03/3032796/dont-tread-on-judiciary.html#storylink=cpy

Comments

  1. The article references Rothstein's uncle "working for Rothstein as his '"director of law office management. . . .'" This is but one of many examples (another would be the firm's non-lawyer adminsitrator having complete and utter control over attorneys) of conduct that should have tipped-off all the rubes working there that something was seriously wrong with that law firm for several years before the implosion.

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  2. Uncle Bill, like virtually everyone else there except for SWR, was a good guy. He was, to our knowledge, just a pencil pusher. That was the best and the worst job I have ever had.

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  3. No to all of these amendments. There isn't one that's worth shit.

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  4. anyone who ever heard rothstein, the fat jewish dough boy who spoke like a fat new york italian wise guy, should have known there was something seriously wrong

    "doo da rite ting"

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  5. awesomness as always. Not like the other one.

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  6. I love McDonalds. I think that the only period when I didn´t eat more that 4 times a week there was when I stayed on holidays in an 4rent Argentina. There was a McDonald 3 blocks away but fantastic Argentinean meat made me go everynight to a small restaurant of Buenos Aires!

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