Blawg Review #174

After two consecutive Olympic-themed Blawg Reviews, I was tempted go for a third despite my initial decision not to do so.  Like most of America, I am officially entering post-Olympic withdrawal, and a celebration of what were truly a remarkable Games would have been appropriate.

The problem is, I am so in awe of what transpired over the past two weeks—particularly the accomplishments of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, capped off by the unlikely pairing of Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page playing a Led Zeppelin classic [update:  the YouTube video of the pair performing "Whole Lotta Love" is "no longer available due to a copyright claim by a third party"]—that none of my ideas for a theme would have done the Games justice.  So, with those comments, let this “themeless” edition of Blawg Review begin!


Greg May at the California Blog of Appeal asks Why Are Some Lawyers and Their Clients Reluctant to Engage Appellate Counsel?  That's a very good question, Greg.  They shouldn't be.

The Drug & Device Law Blog offers some Random Thoughts on Randomness that will speak to anyone who has ever done litigation work.

The YouTube "dancing baby" litigation is covered in depth at Internet Cases, Deeplinks, , Techdirt, and The Prior Art, among other places.

At the Chicago IP Litigation Blog, R. David Donaghue discusses the NFL's antitrust case in Seventh Circuit Affirms:  NFL is a Single Entity.  The Sports Law Blog adds to the discussion by noting The Return of The Single Entity Defense for Sports Leagues, and Blawgletter chimes in with Annals of Antitrust Law:  NFL Owners Can't Conspire.

Litigation & Trial wants to know:  Are Lawyers Risk-Averse for Not Working on Contingent Fees?

Although Swordplay  comes from across the pond, its observations in Ten Acts of Lunacy by Jurors would apply anywhere jury trials are held.

Law Is Cool raises a legitimate question when it asks How Will Courtrooms Deal With Obesity Epidemic?

And to add a little humor factor, Lowering the Bar discusses Knights Templar v. Pope Benedict XVI, et al., a 700-year-old dispute that finally developed into a lawsuit.  Now, about that limitations defense . . . .

Practice Management and Marketing:

Susan Cartier Liebel of Build a Solo Practice, LLC discusses her conversation with the original solo practice guru in My Unexpected Phone Call with Jay Foonberg.  (Sole practitioners and law students, be sure to check out Susan’s “other” project, Solo Practice University, where classes will start soon.)

At Law21, Jordan Furlong laments an opportunity lost in Capped fees, limited innovation.

At LawBizBlog, Ed Poll takes a look at  Surveys of Law Firm Clients.

Jamie Spencer of Austin DWI Lawyer highlights a reason why lawyers might want to think twice about listing themselves on big referral sites in DUI / DWI Lawyers:  Biggest Slime Balls on the Face of the Earth?

The Legal Marketing Blog asks Should You Pay Attention To The Social Networking Craze?  Follow me on Twitter (@dtoddsmith) to compare notes.

Technology and the Internet:

At Real Lawyers Have Blogs, Kevin O'Keefe offers FindLaw some tips for setting things right in FindLaw SEO misconduct : Suggested course of conduct.   On a related point, Robert Ambrogi's LawSites warns that These lawyer sites mislead consumers.

Cyb3rcrim3 explores the truly scary revelation that Hacking a Heart dependent on a pacemaker is technically possible through wireless technology.

The Greatest American Lawyer tells us about Google’s Fascination With Digg and how it might eventually change the dynamics of search-engine rankings.

BlawgIT tells businesspeople they should Worry About Internet Law Because . . .


The Race to the Bottom has some recommendations for a certain coffeehouse chain in Starbucks and Social Responsibility:  Loyalty Cards Just Aren't Working.

The Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Litigation Blog takes a look at the ups and downs of minimum retail pricing in WSJ Examines Manufacturers’ Resale Price Maintenance Practices.

The Legal Satyricon's Jessica Christensen investigates why the Federal Government Doesn't Want Transgendered Employee to Help Fight War on Terror.

At Simple Justice, Scott Greenfield discusses whether being named A Person of Interest is more difficult than actually being charged with a crime and asks, Does Presumed Innocent Mean Less Than Innocent?

On the lighter side, at Legal Blog Watch, Robert Ambrogi offers what I hope is the first of many installments of Strange But True, Legal Edition.

And last, but not least, Houston's Clear Thinkers discusses the NFL's next flagship stadium, as well as some Cowboy business that (not counting preseason) will soon be on the minds of many folks here in the Lone Star State.

Blawg Review has information about next week's host, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues. 

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Chicago IP Litigation Blog - August 25, 2008 10:18 AM
Blawg Review #174 is available at D. Todd Smith's Texas Appellate Law Blog -- click here to read it. Smith boldly went without a theme, but it is a great Review, even without a theme. Smith picks up on my coverage of the Seventh Circuit's recent deci...
What About Clients? - August 26, 2008 11:46 AM
Blawg Review is "themeless" this week, but still highlights some of the best legal blogging in litigation, practice management and technology, as well as some interesting miscellaneous posts. No. 174, is hosted by D. Todd Smith at Texas Appellate Law...
Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer - August 28, 2008 5:41 AM
I’ll be following up fellow Austin lawyer Todd Smith’s latest Blawg Review with one of my own over at my DWI blog, so please… all you criminal defense lawyers out there in the blogosphere write up a little something something...
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R. David Donoghue - August 25, 2008 7:25 AM


Thanks for the coverage of my NFL Sherman Act post. Between that and the final link regarding the Cowboys, you could have gone with an NFL theme.

Great Review.


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