Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Congrats to the new Esquires

Congratulations to the new Esquires of Nevada.

The Nevada Bar Assoc. has posted the list of those who passed the Feb. 2008 bar exam. Apparently, the pass rate was only 57%, so well done to the little over half of applicants who passed.

The Nevada Supreme Court has scheduled a bar admission ceremony for Monday, May 5. Chief Justice Gibbons will be administering the oath of attorney in Carson City.

Gage Trial--Motion for Immunity worked

Wow. Nice job Gage attorneys. The motion to compel a grant of immunity worked.

The Review-Journal reports:
U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered the U.S. attorney's office to grant immunity to Dr. Mark Kabins by Friday or he will dismiss the fraud case against Gage.

Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, and Thomas Pitaro, Gage's attorney, declined to comment on Quackenbush's decision.

"Dr. Kabins is pleased that the court provided him with the same protection provided to Dr. (Benjamin) Venger and Dr. (John) Thalgott," said Kabins' attorney, David Chesnoff.

While I am certainly not familiar with criminal motion practice, this motion to compel immunity felt like a long shot. Well done Gage attorneys.

Tues Roundup

Today is bar results day, so good luck to all the nervous bar applicants out there.
The Nevada Medical Board moved to suspend the medical license of Dr. "Needles" Desai and Dr. Eladio Carrera for their alleged ties to the needle sharing policy at Endoscopy Centers (Review-Journal) [well that's just plain unfair, maybe Dr. Needles thought that by sharing needles he was transferring important vitamins and minerals from one patient's bloodstream to another's]
A mother and son duo have been accused of elder neglect of an 86 yr old woman who's legs were found fused together (Review-Journal)
The suspects in the teen on teen alleged gang shooting are to stand trial and one has been denied bail (Review-Journal)
The Nevada Judicial Ethics committee held that judicial candidate Brigid Duffy did not knowingly violate ethics laws by saying she'd practiced law for 10 yrs, when she'd only been licensed for 9 yrs, 11 months (Review-Journal)
Gov. Gibbons' move out of the Governor's mansion due to strained marital relations has raised questions about whether he is required to live there under Nevada law (Nevada Appeal)
Electronic problems in the courtroom are slowing the Sands corp. trial (Review-Journal)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Afternoon Roundup

BREAKING NEWS: In the teen on teen murder trial, the Judge has ruled the two alleged teen murderers will stand trial as gang members (Las Vegas Now)

Rising caseloads are preventing probation officers from being involved in the lives of juveniles and in other social work (Las Vegas Sun)

In case you missed it, yes Needles, CA is considering succeeding to become a part of Nevada (Review-Journal)

The Review-Journal ran a report on the police crackdown on any and all crimes in downtown Las Vegas (Review-Journal)

Special counsel is sought to probe the state's Hep-C outbreak (KTNV)

An editorial suggests that Sheldon Adelson may have harmed Sands Corp. with his testimony in the breach of contract case (Review-Journal)

And Harmful Error is reporting that former Clark Co. prosecutor Robert Daskas (D) has dropped out of the political race for the U.S. Congressional seat for the 3rd District (Harmful Error)

Monday Roundup

A Nevada inmate is alleging the Parole Board has locked him up illegally for refusing a deal under which he would not be able to sue the state if released. (Nevada Appeal)
Congratulations to Las Vegas lawyer Neil G. Galatz, who "is being honored by the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association with its Pursuit of Justice Award" for his efforts in ensuring access to justice. Galatz is a partner at Galatz, Gillock & Associates. (In Business Las Vegas)
Today, an editorial thanks the Nevada Supremes for reinstituting transparency in state government. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Weekend Roundup

A coroner's jury found Las Vegas police were justified in shooting a man who attacked them with knives. (Review-Journal)

A doctor who worked at Gastroenterology Center of Nevada is suing a fellow doctor for defamation over quotes he gave to a journalist about how physicians at Gatroenterology Center should not be allowed to practice becuase of the Hep-C crisis. (Review-Journal) Meanwhile, a letter to the RJ suggests the medical licenses of all physicians associated with the Hep-C outbreak should be suspended. (Review-Journal)

An ethics complaint filed against Assemblywomen Francis Allen (R-Las Vegas) claims she didn't pay her florist bill after her wedding (Review-Journal)

The northern Nevada brothel owner convicted in Wyoming of transporting child pornography across state lines may lose his Nevada brothel license (Nevada Appeal)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Roundup

The Reno-Gazette Journal filed a lawsuit for access to details about Gov. Gibbons concealed weapons permit [and then they reported on it]. (Reno Gazette-Journal) Meanwhile, the certification of the firearms instructor who certified Gov. Gibbons has been revoked (Review-Journal)

The Nevada Supremes ruled the $65 million refund granted to Southern California Edison by the state tax commission is invalid because the meeting was closed-door. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

In Endoscopy news: Whoops. Dr. Needles and his staff apparently failed to provide the names of 10,000 patients to investigators of the Hep-C outbreak and the 10,000 people haven't been notified. (Review-Journal) And the police have finalized a pact to give every clinic patient one copy of their records. (Review-Journal)

The former execs of Las Vegas based PurchasePro were excused in the software company's revenue-boosting scheme trial (Review-Journal)

Las Vegas Now has an interesting profile of former Mustang Ranch brothel owner Joe Conforte who is in hiding from arrest in Brazil (Las Vegas Now)

A Nevada professor was held in contempt for filing vexacious multiple lawsuits (Review-Journal)

In the teen [was it a gang hit] murder trial, during a preliminary hearing, schoolmates of victim indicated the alleged killer flashed a gang sign (Review-Journal)

In the Sands corp. trial over Macau fees, Judge Leavitt denied the Plaintiff's request for a mistrial (Review-Journal)

The Las Vegas Sun is hammering away again at the fact that Justice Court is silent in the afternoons (Las Vegas Sun) [at least this time they point out the judges are working on paperwork in the afternoons]

The Nevada attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the state's handling of a case involving the deaths of two workers at the Orleans (Las Vegas Sun)

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay denied on Tuesday that in 2001, he blocked legislation that could have hindered China's Olympic bid on behalf of Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson

Bullivant Houser Bailey launched a new sustainability industry group in honor of Earth Day (Earth Times)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gage--Interesting Motion for Immunity

Attorneys for Noel Gage took an interesting legal tact yesterday, when they filed a motion to compel the government to grant immunity to a medical physician in order to get him to testify.

The Review-Journal reports:

Personal injury lawyer Noel Gage is trying to force federal prosecutors to grant limited immunity to a witness who has made statements that could benefit him in his ongoing fraud case.

In a motion filed Monday, Gage asked Senior U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush for an order compelling the government to grant immunity to spine surgeon Mark Kabins.

"This motion is made on the basis that the denial of immunity to Dr. Kabins will distort the judicial fact-finding process and will deny Mr. Gage a fair trial," the defendant's attorneys wrote.
Fascinating legal contortionism. A motion to compel the government to grant immunity. The Gage trial is still the best show in town.

Thurs Roundup

The man accused of shooting three people outside of the Minxx strip club as part of the Pacman Jones scandal is being held on $1 million bail. (Review-Journal)

Under the century-old limits of Dillon's Rule (limiting county powers compared to state powers), Clark Co. doesn't have the authority to further punish Endoscopy Centers. (Review-Journal)

In Washington D.C., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission dismissed the Dept. of Energy's complaint that Nevada was improperly claiming documents were privileged in discovery. (Review-Journal)

In the trial of a teenager for the alleged murder of another teen, prosecutors are trying to prove gang membership and explain the inter-relation of Vegas gangs (Review-Journal)

Female massage therapists in Clark Co. can be ticketed for giving massages in hotel rooms to the opposite sex [even if its above the belt]. (Las Vegas Sun)

The construction woes of the Clark County District Court continue, with the most recent issue being a cracked hot water pipe that will cost $3 million to repair. (Las Vegas Sun)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hump Day Roundup

Sad news for the Vegas Valley, the National Insurance Crime Bureau has dropped Vegas from the #1 slot for cities with the highest amount of auto thefts. (Review-Journal) [step it up car thieves. you're slipping]

The exec for Sands Corp says that Sheldon Adelson's admission under oath that the CEO of Sands corp "breached his fiduciary duty" shouldn't have a lasting effect. (Las Vegas Sun)

Prosecutors in New Hampshire want to talk to Las Vegas attorney Richard Wright about a legal consultation he had with a defendant who is charged with engaging in a murder-for-hire plot. (Union Leader)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tues Afternoon Roundup

The Federal Grand Jury indicted the ricin-carrying, coma-surviving Vegas visitor Roger Bergendorff (AP)

In the trial over alleged millions in Macau consulting fees, Sands Corp. President Bill Weidner testified that the Plaintiff never did anything that would have earned him a success fee (Review-Journal)

Not only was Dr. Harriston Bass sentenced to 25 to life for illegally providing prescription drugs to a woman who died of an overdose, he also got the verbal smack down from Judge Jackie Glass, who said "You are worse than a common street dealer" (Review-Journal)

Noel Gage--previously held liable for cheating clients

Apparently perennial Plaintiff's champion Noel Gage isn't just [an alleged] scumbag who cheated his clients, he may have already been found liable by a Texas court for withholding settlement money (without the client's knowledge), paying additional money to longtime clients, and charging $100,000 for expenses he could never document.

Las Vegas Now reports:
Federal prosecutors are ready to drop a bombshell on Las Vegas attorney Noel Gage when the lawyer is re-tried on conspiracy charges next month. Gage is accused of conspiring with local doctors and a middleman to rip off his own clients for huge sums. His first trial ended in a hung jury. But that jury didn't get to hear the evidence that could be introduced the second time around . . .

Federal lawmen have uncovered evidence suggesting Gage left El Paso after being caught doing the same thing he is accused of doing here, namely, cutting side deals behind the backs of his own clients and fattening his own pocket in the process . . .
Apprarently the case in Texas is eerily similar to Gage's [alleged] bilking of his Vegas clients.
Court documents show Gage was hired to represent a group of chiropractors who were suing the insurance industry. But the jury found that he cut a side deal with two of the chiropractors, behind the backs of the other clients.

Gage failed to tell his other clients that he had a special relationship with two of the plaintiffs and had represented them in a dozen or more cases. The jury found that Gage misled most of the clients, withheld settlement money without telling them about it, directed too much money to his two longtime clients, and charged nearly $100,000 for expenses he could never document. The jury verdict was unanimous.

The lawyer who sued Gage and his co-defendants in Texas said Gage manipulated his clients for his own benefit and predicted Gage would express indignance and outrage at being accused, something now familiar in Las Vegas.
I'm torn here. On one hand, the prosecution of Gage suggests the corrupt practices of Vegas law may be getting cleaned up. On the other hand, what will I blog about. Either way: be warned Vegas Plaintiff's bar--apparently it's not open season on your clients anymore.

[kudos to Mr. Knapp for his investigative reporting on Mr. Gage's [allegedly] corrupt practices]

Tues Roundup

Apparently running back and genius Pacman Jones was paying thousands of dollars to the alleged gunman in the Minxx nightclub shooting to keep him quiet (Review-Journal) Sports Illustrated reports Genius Pacman paid a total of $15,000 to keep the shooter from "coming after him" [re: genius remark--see prior posts discussing how Pacman "made it rain" on some strippers and then demanded his money back]

In workplace safety regulation news, OSHA has announced it will be cracking down on construction safety in an attempt to stop/reduce the construction-related deaths on the strip (Las Vegas Sun)

More good press for Judge Voy, who is now proposing a safehouse be created for underage prostitutes (Local ABC)

U.S. Marshalls arrested a man in Vegas who's accused of impersonating a priest in four other states and stealing from hospital patients (Nevada Appeal) [at least he had flair--I can't stand boring robbers]

The Nevada Supremes granted a hearing to a man who alleges his attorney refused to appeal his case (Nevada Appeal)

Jon Ralston authored an obituary for recently-departed barrister Charlie Waterman (Las Vegas Sun)

Uhhh . . . the only thing tying this story to Vegas is the publication, but I couldn't resist: The Las Vegas Sun reports a medical patient will be suing a hospital in the Philippines over a video posted to You Tube showing doctors laughing while performing surgery on the man to remove a body spray can from his rectum (Las Vegas Sun) [c'mon . . . it's like it was set in Vegas in spirit]

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mon Afternoon Endoscopy Update

Oh that wacky Dr. Needles Desai and his Endoscopy staff. The fun keeps on coming and coming.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Vegas police seized patient records from Vegas Endoscopy Centers today. The police received a tip that the offices were going to destroy records. So this morning, Vegas police swept in and confiscated all patient records.

Routine file maintenance or disposing of evidence? Guess that will be up for a [hopefully criminal] jury to decide.

Mon Roundup

UPDATE: I've just been told there will be a big story tonight on the local CBS affiliate about the Gage trial.
Slow legal news day, but here's the slim pickin's:

Secretary of State Ross Miller's interpretation of Nevada election law is making it more difficult for Boulder City residents to recall city council members (Las Vegas Sun)

Law enforcements battle with graffiti is chronicled in the Review-Journal

The Nevada Highway patrol will soon be using drug sniffing dogs trained to smell "crystal meth" in order to slow the growing presence of the drug in the state (Review-Journal)

Finally, an 8th case of Hep-C has been diagnosed in the Endoscopy mess (Nevada Appeal)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Magic Number Note--10 or more attorneys

Now includes the Snell & Wilmer billables explanation (confirmed by someone in office).

Ok. So there have been a number of comments about how many of the top magic number firms only have 2-3 attorneys in Vegas and shouldn't be on the list. The magic number list is to give the readers a collection of any and all salary/billable information out there about Vegas firms.

So, here is an abbreviated list of magic numbers (known by the blog) for the firms with more than 10 attorneys:
Ballard Spahr 68 ($133,000/1950 billables)
Holland & Hart 67 ($120,000/1800 billables)
Snell & Wilmer [1] 67 ($120,000/1800 billables)* -- [only 1800 billables for 1st yr]
Fennemore Craig 65 ($125,000/1925 billables)
Payne & Fears 64 ($125,000/1950 billables)*
Lewis & Roca 63 ($120,000/1900 billables)*
Lionel Sawyer 61 ($110,000/1800 billables)
Snell & Wilmer [2] 60 ($120,000/2000 billables)* -- [billables required after 1st yr]
Hale Lane Peek 57 ($105,000/1850 billables)*
Brownstein Hyatt 56 ($110,000/1950 billables)
Jones Vargas 55 ($102,000/1850 billables)*
McDonald Carano Wilson 54 ($100,000/1850 billables)
Gordon & Silver 53 ($95,000/1800 billables)
Santoro, Driggs 53 ($95,000/1800 billables)*
Kummer Kaempfer 53 ($100,000/1900 billables)*
Morris Pickering 51 ($95,000/1850 billables)
Marquis & Aurbach 50 ($100,000/2000 billables)
McCormick Barstow 46 ($80,000/1750)
Lewis Brisbois 43 ($84,000/1950 billables)
Alverson, Taylor 42 ($78,000/1840 billables)*
Thorndal, Armstrong 31 ($68,000/2160 billables)
Greenberg Traurig ($112,000/ ???? billables)
Jolley Urga ($92,000/ avg of 1850 billables--no minimum listed)

Weekend Roundup

The Nevada Supreme Court adopted the "baseball rule," protecting stadium owners from liability for injuries from foul balls (Review-Journal)

Add a broken boiler to the laundry list of problems at the Regional Justice Center (Las Vegas Sun)

Someone has finally been arrested in the Pacman Jones strip club shooting (ESPN)

In the fiduciary duty case involving Sands Corp., Sheldon Adelson offered conflicting testimony on the stand about whether the duty had been breached (Review-Journal) But the Las Vegas Sun ran an article suggesting that Adelson is a big cuddly teddy bear (Las Vegas Sun) [sadly, I'm only slightly exaggerating the tone of the Sun article]

Profile of Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (Las Vegas Sun)

A Nevada Power employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing $1.6 million from a Nevada power bank account (Fox 5) [gotta love that everybody thinks big in Nevada]

A prisoner at Southern Desert Correctional Center is claiming his contract public defender demanded he take a plea or the PD would help get him convicted (Review-Journal)

A Nevada brothel owner has been convicted in Wyoming of transporting child pornography across state lines (Nevada Appeal)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Roundup

Lawmakers want to know why a San Mateo Sheriff was arrested in a Las Vegas brothel (Mercury News) [um . . . I've got a pretty good idea why he was there]

Las Vegas is under attack from copper thieves (CBS) [seriously]

Prominent lawyer Charlie Waterman died at age 79 (Review-Journal)

The city of Needles, CA is looking into becoming part of Nevada (Nevada Appeal)

In Carson City, Judge Maddox ruled that the ballot measures proposed casinos and education activists should be allowed on the state ballot (Review-Journal)

It's a rare occasion when casino giants come to court, so today's testimony by Sheldon Adelson over whether the Sands corporation owes millions for receipt of a Macau gambling license was a spectacle (Review-Journal)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Hutchison & Steffen debate continues

Conflicting tips over the Hutchinson & Steffen starting salary:

At least one tipster says the starting salary can't be calculated because H&S doesn't hire new attorneys, only ones that have been out practicing for years. Another wrote that during an H&S interview, they were told the minimum billables required was 1900, not 1950 as I was previously informed and starting salary was $86,000 (giving them a magic number of 45 [$86,000/1900]).

Any thoughts readers? Anyone out there able to set the record straight? Post away or email at nevadalegal@gmail.com.

Boyd Employment Woes Solved--jobs available

A debate has been raging based on yesterday's post about whether tough times are coming for newly-graduated attorneys looking for work in Vegas. Some people say Vegas firms believe law California, Arizona, and East Coast law school grads are considered before Boyd School grads looking for work. Others say Boyd School grads just aren't trying hard enough.

As of yesterday, the Boyd School grad woes are over thanks to an email from Councilman Wolfson's office:

From: Someone in Administraion
Date: Apr 16, 2008 2:31 PM
Subject: [Info] A message from Councilman Wolfson
To: boyd listserve
[I forward the message below at the request of Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Wolfson, who, as some of you know, also is a former federal and state prosecutor who now has a criminal defense practice. The Councilman is looking to address a critical need for school crossing guards in our city and seeks our assistance . . .]

Forwarded by UNLV on 04/16/2008 01:52 PM -----
Dean ******:It was great meeting with you last week. We appreciate your time. Councilman Wolfson would like to encourage any William S. Boyd School of Law student interested in earning a few extra dollars, and helping our community, to consider applying to be a school crossing guard, through Metro's Crossing Guard program.There is a great need for crossing guards at the intersections of Maryland Parkway and Twain and at Twain and Swenson. The pay is $8.91 per hour and they are guaranteed 2.5 hours per day (just a little over $22 per day) . . .

Sincerely, ****** ***** Liaison to Councilman Steve Wolfson
See. Cheer up graduating 3Ls, the opportunities to put your legal education to use are endless!

[Thanks to JL for the tip]

Thurs Roundup

While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Kentucky's lethal injection program yesterday as not being "cruel and unusual punishment," the Nevada Supreme Court still has a challenge to the state's lethal injection program pending (Review-Journal)

The legal battle over state petition procedure continues between education acitivists and casino attorneys, with the possibility that all parties will have to start over if the Judge alters the petition (Las Vegas Sun)

After a four month probe by the Labor Dept. of the Las Vegas chapter of the Service Employees Union, a report suggests that the union misused funds and broke labor laws (Las Vegas Sun)

A Dayton, NV man was charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated after he shot himself in the leg and blew a BAC of .128 (Nevada Appeal)

Coma-recoverer and ricin possessor Roger Bergendorff appeared in Federal Court yesterday and stated that he wasn't a criminal and that it was “not in my blood” to spread the poison that a prosecutor calculated could have killed at least 522 people. (SignonSanDiego)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wed Afternoon Roundup

George Knapp over at Las Vegas City Life has a story discussing how the Nevada media has dragged Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta's name through the mud by printing a story provided by a con man that the Justice was bribed by a Nevada prisoner. It's a pretty great story on the media's laziness has led to the smearing of a Supreme Court Justice on baseless charges. (Las Vegas City Life) [I know, it's unusual for a tabloid blog to celebrate good investigatory journalism, but right now, Knapp is publishing the best writing around about the Vegas legal industry. Kudos, Mr. Knapp.]

[Now that we've taken the high road, back to the gutter:]
A Nevada brothel owner being prosecuted by the Feds in Wyoming for possession and transportation of child porn (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Another round for crazier-than-crazy Darren Mack as his appeal for the removal of Judge Herndon from his latest hearing heads to the Nevada Supreme Court (Reno Gazette-Journal)
The victim of the hotel-room ricin is out of his coma and upon being released from the hospital, he was arrested for the possession of ricin (NY Times)

Tough times coming to Vegas law?

Tough times appear to have hit the legal market. The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog posted an article recently suggesting that large firms on the east coast are cutting back their summer associate programs--shortening the weeks, trimming the summer salary, and hiring less summer associates. In addition, at least one large east coast firms rescinded its offers to incoming associates.

Now, I've been receiving some emails from Boyd School students complaining that they are graduating without any offers. Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is to assume the students without offers must be at the bottom of their class, but I'm now getting emails from students claiming to be law journal editors with high GPAs who are unable to get an offer from a Vegas firm.

So, what's going on out there Vegas law? Have the firms slowed down hiring in town or is this a Boyd School-specific problem? Let me know at nevadalegal@gmail.com or by posting a comment.

On a side note, even Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is still looking for work (ABA Journal)

Congratulations to new Jennings Stouss partners/members

The Review-Journal reports today that Jennings, Strouss & Salmon named Robert McBride, Brent Vogel and Diane Carr Roth as “members” (which I am assuming is the PLC version of equity partner). In addition, the firm added Boyd School grad Bryce Loveland as an associate.

Jennings Strouss is one of the many Phoenix raiders to enter the Vegas legal market in the past year. They arrived on the scene relatively recently, buying the small Vegas firm of Berkley, Gordon & Goldstein.

Congratulations on your new positions.

Tues-Wed Roundup

After getting married in a beautiful Vegas ceremony, an Ohio man returned home with his beautiful bride, put her in a dog cage and handcuffed her there (Review-Journal) [lov is always in the air in Vegas—sounds like it’s not in the Ohio air]

Judge Sandoval has released Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis to change the venue for his tax evasion trial from Reno to Southern California (Review-Journal)

How much is suing the Construction Company that built the Regional Justice Center worth? The D.A.’s office is recommending that it’s worth spending at least $15 million more to pursue compensation for the broken elevators, delayed construction, and mystery smell that pervades the basement (Las Vegas Sun)

And the fight over tax-free comped food in Nevada casinos continues, with the state’s Attorney General claiming the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision will spell financial ruin for the state (Review-Journal)

Clark Co. District Court Chief Judge Kathy Hardcastle denied a motion from crazier-than-crazy killer Darren Mack to remove Judge Herndon from Mack’s hearing to withdraw with guilty plea. Mack’s lawyers alleged Judge Herndon had an improper relationship with Mack’s previous lawyers and the prosecutor. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

The Nevada Supreme Court announced a July 1 hearing on whether a gaming tax petition should be allowed on the November ballot [round 2 for casinos v. democracy] (Review-Journal)

Questions still linger after a coroner’s hearing acquitted the Henderson police in the shooting of an ice cream truck driver and mother of two (Las Vegas Sun)

Vegas police report that there is no evidence of foul play in the death of legendary Vegas oddball and “Buffalo” Jim Barrier (Las Vegas Sun)

Nevada Supreme Court ordered that an evidentiary hearing be held for a mentally retarded man convicted of killing a Vegas prostitute and ramming a state trooper's car (Las Vegas Sun)
Busy few days for the Supremes: they also reversed an adjudication of an 11 yr-old juvenile as delinquent (i.e. juvenile conviction) for the stabbing of another kid. The Supremes said Judge Voy could not have found "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the juvenile didn't act in self-defense. (Review-Journal)
Finally, the Supremes threw out the muder and kidnapping conviction of a Vegas woman because prosecutors didn't prove the requisite intent (Review-Journal)
A Review-Journal editorial seems not to believe Judge Del Vecchio's defense that he was in love with his step-daughter when he allegedly demanded blowjobs in exchange for a job [not to mention sex when she was 14-16 (ahem)] (Review-Journal)
Apparently, the Ninth Circuit can't take a joke. They've reversed dismissal of a case from former Clark Co. Detention Center prisoners who allege the jail's guards lit M-80 firecrackers (as strong as a 1/4 stick of dynamite and banned in many states) and threw the M-80s into the jail cell (Review-Journal) [what's next? will the Ninth Circuit ban making prisoners dance by shooting at their feet?]

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mon Roundup

Apparently the new appointees to the state medical board, who were appointed to clean up the Endoscopy mess, have malpractice histories of their own (Review-Journal)

In OJ trial pt 2, the robbed memorabilia dealer-turned-author claims in his new book that there was at least one gun involved in the alleged robbery by the Juice and his accomplices (Fosters.com)

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit against two Nevada for allegedly orchestrating a stock scheme that reaped millions of dollars selling penny shares in a bogus diamond and gold mining company. (KTVN)

The result of the coroner’s hearing that acquitted Henderson police in the shooting of an ice cream truck driver is being criticized by the ACLU and a lawyer for the dead woman (KTNV)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Call for salary/billable (magic number) tips

WWL has received some feedback, complaining that the magic number posts do not have enough information about smaller local firms (as opposed to mega national firms with only 4 attorneys in town).

So, in an attempt to provide more information to the readers, and satisfy the critic's concerns, WWL is calling for readers to submit any and all information they have about the billable requirements and starting salaries of law offices in Vegas. Please post the information here as a comment or send an email to nevadalegal@gmail.com.

[Thanks. The whole purpose of the magic number posts is to make sure salary/billable information is available to everyone and not something to ask about during the 3rd interview.]

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Weekend Roundup

The coroner's jury found the Henderson police were justified in shooting and killing the ice cream truck-driving mother of two. (Review-Journal)

Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced it plans to alert all members who were treated at Endoscopy that they may have been affected by Hep-C and HIV. Apparently, they're not satisfied with the Nevada Medical Board's assurances that no needles were shared before 2004. [No faith in the medical board? I wonder why? They did a great job monitoring the Endoscopy practices before now, right?] (Review-Journal) Meanwhile, critics are citing contradictory testimony as evidence the coroner's jury was wrong (Review-Journal)

The casino industry has asked the Nevada Supremes to hurry up and decide on their appeal to stop the teacher's petition to raise a gaming tax (Las Vegas Sun) [we wouldn't want Nevada citizens to be able to decide those issues for themselves, would we?]

In what might be listed under overkill, a Fallon man was charged with 265 counts of child pornography. (Nevada Appeal) [uh . . . enjoy life in prison, guy]

And Mainor Eglet Cottle grabbed the spotlight again, with Robert Cottle filing a lawsuit alleging that lenders, agents and mortgage brokers are responsible for the Vegas mortgage foreclosure crisis because they breached their "fiduciary duty to explain all borrowing and buying options, and to give home buyers professional recommendations on their best interests." (Review-Journal)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday Roundup

The sons of the ice cream truck driver killed by Henderson police offered "haunting" testimony at the coroner's hearing yesterday about how their mother died. (Las Vegas Sun) Henderson officers [pictured right] offered testimony about how she had a knife and they were forced to shoot her (Review-Journal)

Family of the death row inmate is suing the prison system for wrongful death and failure to provide medical treatment for his diabetes (Reno Gazette-Journal) [I can never remember the definition of irony . . . does this count?]

If anyone cares about the OJ trial pt 2 anymore with all the other news going on: a limousine driver has been named as another potential witness to the alleged robbery (Nevada Appeal)

A profile of the Clark County District Attorney’s bad check unit and its head, Bernard Zadrowski (Las Vegas Sun)

Former Commissioner Boggs went ahead and plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a fine (Review-Journal)

Judge Villani sentenced a teen to 12 years in prison for robbing a woman after shooting her twice in the back (Review-Journal)

[picture credit--Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Salary Answers--M&A and H&S

Final salary answer. After taking tips from several anonymous tippers and a few emails from within the two firms, the final answers are very interesting:

Marquis Aurbach
pays $100k to start and requires 2000 minimum billables (Magic number of 50). Not bad at all M&A.

Hutchinson & Steffen
"do[es] not routinely hire new attorneys (associates that have no experience) straight out of law school. So, there really is no such thing as a starting salary. As far as I know, we have hired two new (no experience) attorneys in the last 6 years. Everyone else has at least one year. "

[thanks to GM, VD and Anonymous(es) for the tips]

Thurs afternoon Roundup

Exotic dancers at the Wild Orchid in Reno have received a $100,000 settlement from the city counsel resulting from an a warrantless raid on the club by police and the use of "massive and excessive" force. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Judge Sandoval has set the date in the Fernley flood case (Nevada Appeal)

Apparently courts do not appreciate a good prank because Judge Gibbons did not throw out a conviction against a 23 yr-old man who poured gasoline on someone’s leg and lit them on fire. (Nevada Appeal) [Why can’t people take a joke?]

Harmful Error reports that Judge Nicholas DelVecchio has filed a motion to stay judicial discipline proceedings pending resolution of a related civil action that was filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

[credit to Harmful Error for its coverage]

Judge del Vecchio says relationship was consensual (but what about when she was 14?)

Judge Del Vecchio's attorney fought back against the alleged victim, claiming the two had a consensual sexual relationship and a mentor-mentee relationship.

The Review-Journal reports:

Embattled Family Court Judge Nicholas Del Vecchio on Wednesday fired back at the woman who had accused him of sexually abusing her when she was a minor and later sexually harassing her as an adult, saying he tried to help the woman financially and was in love with her . . .

In a response filed Wednesday, Del Vecchio attorney Bruce Shapiro described his client's relationship with the woman, Rebeccah Murray, as consensual.

Del Vecchio hired Murray as his assistant because he wanted to help her with her legal career, the response states. It says their relationship grew beyond "just being friends" to the point where Del Vecchio wanted to marry her.

Um . . . the consensual argument for the relationship when she was in her 20s might work . . . maybe odd with her being the Judge's step-daughter (but no judgment, no judgment). But uh, Mr. Shapiro, your client is alleged to have taken naked pictures of the same woman when she was 14 yrs old, not to mention forcing her to give him fellatio around that same age.

How's the consensual argument going to work there?

Thurs Roundup

Dethroned Miss Nevada USA, Katie Rees, agreed Wednesday to pay fines for five misdemeanor traffic violations in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge of resisting arrest (AP)

The family of an ice cream truck driver shot and killed by Henderson police asked Judge Hicks to delay the coroner's inquest until authorities had shared information with the family. Judge Hicks denied the request, finding the Clark Co. coroner's inquest system does not provide property rights to the family to compel the delivery of police reports or the coroner's autopsy report. (Review-Journal) Meanwhile, witnesses who spoke with the Review-Journal insist the Henderson police's shooting of the 42 yr-old mother was unjustified (Review-Journal)

An anonymous note was sent to "Buffalo Jim" Barrier (who helped put Crazy Horse owner Rick Rizzolo in prison) in the days before his body was found in a hotel room. (Review-Journal)

Judge Gates sentenced transgender killer Raven Navajo to 10 yrs to life for the murder of a New York New York cocktail waitress. (Review-Journal)

Former Clark Co. Commissioner Lynette Boggs has agreed to admit an "unwillful violation" of state ethics law in exchange for the state Ethics Commission agreeing not to fine her. (Review-Journal)

To relieve the state's overcrowded prison system, the state legislature may start freeing low-risk inmates earlier (Review-Journal)

The girlfriend of murdered casino executive Ted Binion was denied yesterday in her motion for a new trial after she was convicted of stealing $7 million in silver from Binion (Review-Journal)

The corruption trail of former Clark Co. Recorder Fran Deane is scheduled to start soon. Deane is alleged to have received potentially millions of dollars in bribes, with at least one bribe delivered inside of a stuffed animal (Review-Journal) [awww, corruption is sooooooo cute]

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Do Vegas firms cut billable hours off timesheets?

Question for the readers: do Vegas firms cut your billable hours?

Yes, all/most firms cut the hours billed before the bill goes to the client, but at the end of the day/week does your firm cut hours billed off of your timesheet (making you work extra billable hours to meet your requirement)? Let us know through the comment section or by emailing nevadalegal@gmail.com.

In response to my magic number post, one reader wrote:
I think your "magic number" is a bit deceiving, albeit the only way you can boil these firms down to a number. The reason being that many firms strike hours, and count the strike against the associate. This affects the accuracy of the "billable hours" number.
Sounds like a true sweatshop practice. I wonder which firms cut billables from timesheets?

Let us know and we'll award them the official Vegas legal sweatshop award.

Let's get ready to rumble LSC v. KKBRF over strip litigation

Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, weighing in at 80 attorneys, the wise old man of the desert--Vegas legal behemoth Lionel Sawyer & Collins (LSC). And in this corner, weighing in at 55 attorneys, the serious contender for Vegas' heavyweight of corporate litigation--Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw & Ferrario (KKBRF).

The two heavyweight firms are involved in strip litigation between opposing corporate heavyweights Palazzo casino/hotel and the operators of Tao Nightclub Marc Packer and Richard Wolf.

Adelson allegedly pulled the plug on Packer and Wolf's new nightclub at the Pallazo because they were moving too slowly and the opening bell was rung.

The Las Vegas Sun reports:

But when the club’s progress moved too slowly for Adelson, he soured on the project, igniting the high-stakes legal battle that has pitted two politically connected Nevada law firms against each other — Lionel, Sawyer & Collins for Adelson and Kummer, Kaempfer, Bonner, Renshaw & Ferrario for the nightclub operators. The fight has erupted as the IRS is investigating other nightclubs on the Strip.
And the legal battle has landed in Nevada District Judge Mark Denton's courtroom. There have already been restraining orders and injunctions issued against Adelson to allow the nightclub owners to continue construction.

4 heavyweights in one ring. Forget the boxing metaphor, this is a wrestling Battle Royal and the only party standing in the ring at the end is the winner.

[attorney numbers from Martindale]

Wed Roundup

U.S. District Judge Sandoval (Reno) set hearing dates in a courtroom packed with 18 lawyers for litigation over the failed irrigation canal and Fernley flooding (Nevada Appeal)

In Northern Nevada, a man robbed a Carson City gas station by sliding a note asking for $100 across the counter and saying to the cashier, "I'm sorry, I need help" (Nevada Appeal) [who says our society is losing its civility. good robber. good robber]

The Attorney General is asking the Nevada Supremes to reconsider their ruling that meals comped to gamblers by casinos are not taxable (Review-Journal)

The prison chief is saying he'll need additional funding to implement the state legislature's mandate that sex offenders provide DNA samples to local authorities (Review-Journal)

Up in Washoe County, county officials are rethinking large budget cuts to the D.A.'s office (Reno Gazette-Journal) [wait, D.A.'s don't work for free?]

The man who claimed he "found" a child porn tape in the desert (but didn't tell police for 4 months) received a one year suspended sentence yesterday (Review-Journal)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Public Defenders call out Judge Glass

The Nevada Supreme Court held a public hearing on Monday to examine Public Defender claims that the District Court's method of determining the mental competency of defendants is broken. At the center of their complaints is how Judge Jackie Glass handles the "competency court".

The Review-Journal reports:

Attorneys with the county public defender's office accused Glass of not allowing them to challenge her rulings. They also accused her of failing to provide full reports on their clients to them and of not allowing defense attorneys to contact doctors, among other charges.

"We saw that our clients' constitutional rights were being violated in a variety of ways," said Christy Craig, chief deputy public defender.

She painted a picture of a system in crisis, where defense attorneys don't know who the doctors are who evaluate their clients and are provided only short summaries of doctors' reports. She also said Glass doesn't allow defense attorneys to bring in doctors of their choosing to make a competency evaluation.

Judge Glass responded to PD concerns at the Supreme Court hearing by noting that before Nevada's competency court began, criminal defendants languished in jail for months waiting to get a mental health evaluation.

No comment on this one. The Review-Journal might have wanted to ask the PDs if these annoymous competency doctors have done a good job. How can I have a knee jerk reaction to stories like this without more facts?!?

Tues Afternoon Roundup

The memorabilia in O.J. case pt 2 has released a book about the robbery (Nevada Appeal). [I think it's called "If I did it (how I would have killed OJ's ex-wife)"--no wait . . . someone else wrote that book]

The lawyer representing crazier-than-crazy Darren Mack has suggested Judge Herndon needs to be removed from the case due to bias. (Reno Gazette-Journal) [Prosecutors respond that Mack's attorney has been taking Mack's crazy pills]

A Las Vegas labor attorney told the Nevada Supremes today that Wynn Las Vegas illegally violated employment agreements when it changed its tip-pooling policy (Review-Journal)

And in the category of courageous and historic litigation, a Reno man has filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. Constitution must be amended in order for Hillary Clinton to appear on the ballot for President (Nevada Appeal) [the beauty of a system where the courts are open to the people--fodder for a blog]

How to Choose a Firm (The Magic Number)

Update: from reader comments, I added Marquis & Aurbach to the board with a magic number of 50.

For some new associates/law students, the magic number in evaluating firms is the calculation of salary per required billable hour. The formula takes the starting salary and divides the amount by the firm's minimum requirement of billable hours, to come up with a value paid to the associate for each [required] billable hour.

This magic number may be the best approximation of the value of working for a particular firm with the caveat that it does not take into consideration which firms require associates to work many more billable hours than the stated minimum requirement.

So, here, ranked in order by highest (or best) magical number are the Vegas firms ( did I miss something or someone? let me know at nevadalegal@gmail.com ):

Name $ per billable (Salary/Min Billable)
Watt, Tieder 73 ($145,000/2000 billables)
Ballard Spahr 68 ($133,000/1950 billables)
Holland & Hart 67 ($120,000/1800 billables)
Fennemore Craig 65 ($125,000/1925 billables)
Lionel Sawyer 61 ($110,000/1800 billables)
Lewis & Roca 61 ($115,000/1900 billables)
Jennings, Strouss 58 ($110,000/1900 billables)
Brownstein Hyatt 56 ($110,000/1950 billables)
Payne & Fears 56 ($110,000/1950 billables)
Bullivant Hauser 55 ($102,000/1850 billables)
Snell & Wilmer 55 ($110,000/2000 billables)
Fisher & Phillips 54 ($100,000/1850 billables)
Hale Lane Peek 54 ($100,000/1850 billables)
McDonald Carano Wilson 54 ($100,000/1850 billables)
Gordon & Silver 53 ($95,000/1800 billables)
Morris Pickering 51 ($95,000/1850 billables)
Jolley Urga 51 ($92,000/1800 billables)
Kummer Kaempfer 50 ($95,000/1900 billables)
Marquis & Aurbach 50 ($100,000/2000 billables)
Santoro, Driggs 50 ($90,000/1800 billables)
Lewis Brisbois 43 ($84,000/1950 billables)
Alverson, Taylor 37 ($74,400/2000 billables)
Thorndal, Armstrong 31 ($68,000/2160 billables)

Congrads to the associates at Watt, Tieder for scoring the highest with $73 per billable hour. And while the attorneys at Alverson have yet another indication they are toiling in a sweatshop, they can be comforted that at least they don't work at Thorndal Armstrong. $31 a billable hour, yikes!
Thorndal attorneys, be comforted that all that toil for little pay is helping to lease cars for the partners at your firm. You can feel proud about that, right?

Dr. Needles still in U.S.

There have been rumors floating around for weeks that Dr. "Needles" Desai skipped town for India in order to avoid the numerous (and expensive) lawsuits filed against him from the Endoscopy Center Hep-C/HIV mess [and potential criminal prosecution].
But today WWL has confirmation from the Las Vegas Sun's editorial desk that Dr. Needles is still in the U.S. and rumors that he has fled are indeed merely (false) rumors. No need to worry any longer Plaintiff's attorneys, your bullseye is still in town.

My apologies to Dr. Needles for posting about the rumor and mistakenly believing that a man who had physicians spread Hep-C and HIV by reusing needles to increase his own profits [allegedly] would skip town.

Reader question

UPDATE: WWL readers have confirmed that Marquis Aurbach pays $100k to start and requires 2000 minimum billables (Magic number of 50). Not bad at all M&A.

Still no word about Hutchinson Steffen. Anyone know what they start at?

From a WWL reader:

"Anyone have any insight on these Summerlin firms: Marquis Aurbach or Hutchinson Steffen?"

I'd help him/her out, but I still haven't been able to get information on starting salary at either of those firms. Any readers out there in the know? Please post a comment or email me at nevadalegal@gmail.com and I will share the info.

[thanks to VD and Annoymous(es) for the tips]

Tues Roundup

In med-mal news, the Endoscopy doctors sent their lawyers to meet with the Las Vegas City Counsel. While it was a safe move, it guaranteed the clinic would get its license yanked, which it did, and cost the clinic $500,000 in fines. (Review-Journal) It was a highlight in a story so embarassing to Nevada that even the NY Times reported it. (NY Times)

And apparently the audience was pissed that they didn't get to face the accused (Las Vegas Sun) [ahem--paging Dr. Needles. Dr. Needles, please return from India].

Meanwhile, lawmakers are doing their best with PR to convince people not to stop see Nevada doctors (Review-Journal)

Great piece on the Fair Housing legal question before the Ninth Circuit as argued by Josh Reisman, a partner in the Las Vegas office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (Earth Times)

Congratulations to John Curtas on landing the cushy Of Counsel position at Armstrong Teasdale LLP (Review-Journal)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mon Roundup

City subpoenas have been sent out to Dr. "Needles" Desai and other Endoscopy physicians, but most subpoenaed witnesses are expected to skip today's hearing (Las Vegas Sun)

Nevada ranks among the worst states for internet crime (KRNV.com)

The Nevada Supreme Court and State Legislature will both be reviewing the state's juvenile sex offender law now that a District Court ruled it unconstitutional (Nevada Appeal)

Lawyers for friend-to-the-topless Joe Francis have requested that his tax evasion trial be removed to California (Nevada Appeal)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Roasting Gage and the fallout

George Knapp over at Las Vegas City Life pretty much slams Noel Gage and the Review-Journal in a piece calling into question why no one in the media is asking Mr. Gage tough questions about the allegations he bilked his clients for millions.

The City Life story reports:

TOO BAD THE GALA EVENT slated for Piero's fine Italian restaurant had to be cancelled, or at least postponed. Someone apparently convinced attorney Noel Gage that it might invite some bad karma to hold a victory celebration even though he still faces a second prosecution for allegedly ripping off millions of dollars from his injured clients.

Of course, if you have read any of Gage's press clippings in the
Review-Journal, you might think he's already won, instead of being on the bad
end of an 8-4 hung jury. . .

Fortunately for Gage, he hasn't spoken to anyone who might ask tough questions about the convenient fairy tales he has manufactured in any of his hard-hitting interviews . . . According to Gage, the U.S. attorney's office offered him a deal during the first trial, a deal that would require him to "testify falsely against other individuals." Just like the brave defender of justice he portrays in his TV ads, Gage says he told the feds to stick their offer where the sun doesn't shine.

Of course, Gage wasn't asked by the paper to defend his claim. He said it, and that was enough. Gage says there's no way he will ever plead guilty or accept a deal because he's completely innocent. Is this the same Gage who went to the government on his own and proposed an arrangement in which he would, in fact, plead guilty, so long as he would receive no fine or jail time or even have to pay back any of the millions he took from his clients? That Noel Gage? The guy who offered to plead guilty just a few weeks ago, so long as he got away with no punishment? Prosecutors had almost no interest in dealing with Gage, especially making a deal that would allow him to waltz off into the sunset with nary a wrist slap.
Kudos to Mr. Knapp. We've long needed some decent reporting on the Gage trial--someone to clear out the PR crap. Even if the article is a little over the top, someone needs to point out that Gage is not a frontier hero fighting for the people, but an alleged crook who stole from clients who came to him for help.

Meanwhile, Gage trial testimony from the discredited Dr. Venger is leading to appeals in cases where Dr. Venger's testimony was the basis of a verdict. His credibility was so destroyed in the Gage trial that all of his prior testimony is being called into question. (Review-Journal)

[thanks to NK for the tip]

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Weekend update

The family of an ice cream truck driver killed by Henderson police have filed suit (Review-Journal)

The city of Las Vegas has subpoenaed the Endoscopy Center doctors ordering they appear for a Monday licensing hearing (KTNV) [maybe we'll finally find out if Dr. Needles is still in the country]. But maybe not, apparently some of the doctors have announced they will refuse to attend (Review-Journal)

The new lawyer for crazier-than-crazy defendant Darren Mack wants Judge Herndon removed from Mack's motion to withdraw his guilty plea (Reno Gazette-Journal)

An ex-Boca Park tenant is suing the developer for breach of contract and false pretense, alleging the develoer misled the ex-tenant into opening a woman's clothing boutique, rather than a pizzaria (Review-Journal)

A cornoners' jury concluded Las Vegas police were justified in putting 7 bullets in a suspect after the (now deceased) man fired first (Review-Journal)

Judge Voy holds Nevada's juvenile sex offender laws are unconstitutional (Las Vegas Sun)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Hot cars and hot benefits--Rooker Rawlins' great benefits

A while back, I posted about the leased car benefits for the partners of Vegas' top sweatshop Thorndal Armstrong (magic number of 31--yikes!). Turns out, the sweet deal of having the firm pay for your car lease once you make partner may not be all that sweet by comparison:

The smaller Vegas/UT firm of Rooker Rawlins (12 attorneys in firm/4-5 attorneys in Henderson) pays the vehicle leases of its associates 6 months after they've been with the firm.

Not a bad deal, eh? The partners at Thorndal Armstrong should be feeling a little cheated right now. Sure, they get the lease paid for, but to get to partner they had to put in a back breaking 2160 in minimum billables and they were still being paid less as associates than any other insurance defense firm in town (according to all available legal salary websites).

[Thanks to anonymous tipster for the tip]

Halverson hearing delayed

The hearing to make Judge Halverson's suspension stick has been delayed until June 9th (Eyewitness News).

But, don't worry folks, she's managed to make her way back into the national spotlight:

National legal gossip blog, Abovethelaw noted the LA Times story where Judge Halverson explains that she's only in trouble because the old boys club doesn't like that she's a grassroots candidate. While the story is old hat, the comments posted by lawyers and law students reading the blog may be the meanest (and funniest) comments made about the shame of Vegas yet.

My personal favorite:

Is she wearing an oxygen tank, or is it [a] proper diet[] for manatees to have jell-o pudding constantly pumped in through her nose?

Posted by: Bill Cosby April 2, 2008 04:31 PM

[Thanks to RO for the tip]

Friday Roundup

Las Vegas murderer "would do it again" (Review-Journal) [Iguess it's a good thing to live life with no regrets, right?]

Lewis & Brokius LLP is under fire for its representation of the Dept. of Energy's Yucca Mountain project while simultaneously suing the Dept. of Energy on behalf of utility companies (Review-Journal)

Construction defect lawsuits are clogging Nevada courts (Las Vegas Sun)
OJ's "victim" arrested in LA (Eyewitness News)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thurs Roundup

The cousin of the man who went into a coma from ricin poisoning was indicted in Utah on charges that he lied to authorities about the substance (Review-Journal)

Congress does not appear concerned by the Hep-C crisis in Vegas (Review-Journal)

The Justice Dept. ended oversight of the Nevada Boys Reformatory, which started due to concerns of abuse (Nevada Appeal)

The collectibles dealer in the trial of O.J. pt 2 has alleged he's receiving threatening phone calls from the other memorabilia dealer involved in the case (Review-Journal)

And the NV Supremes reversed a sexual assault of minor conviction on improperly admitted evidence (Review-Journal)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wed Roundup

Emu on the loose! Emu on the loose! And owner sought by the authorities (Nevada Appeal)

The IRS is looking to go after casino partners in Nightclub-gate (Las Vegas Sun)

North Las Vegas case at the center of Fair Housing Law case before Ninth Circuit (Review-Journal)

NV Supreme Court ruling that casino comps are not subject to taxation could increase the state's budget shortfall (Review-Journal)

State officials have agreed to let Harrah's fix their code violations rather than issuing immediate fines (Review-Journal)

Nevada continues to try to repair the state's broken parole system (Review-Journal)

Is Dr. "Needles" Desai still in the U.S.? His lawyer says no comment. (Hindu News Update)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tues Roundup

Is Dr. "Needles" Desai, owner of the Endoscopy Centers that handed out some HIV and Hep-C to unknowing patients, still in the country? No one's heard from him recently, but he'll "face questions" if he tries to leave the counrty [assuming he hasn't already] (Las Vegas Sun)

In further evidence that NV is still the wild, wild west a BLM-employee received 2 years probation for rustling cattle (Review-Journal)

Vegas IP attorneys discuss the practice of "cyber-squatting" (Las Vegas Business Press)

And while there's no news to report in the Judge Halverson hearing, the LA Times published a favorable story of the city's wackiest jurist in which Halverson is quoted as saying her removal is ". . . the kind of thing that makes people look at the justice system and be concerned." (LA Times) [isn't the fact that she got elected the kind of thing that makes people look at the justice system and be concerned?]