Rees Morrison’s Morsels #151: posts longa, morsels breva

Impressive that a number two in a law department jumps to the Court of Appeals. Corporate Counsel online on May 18, 2011, said that the US Senate confirmed Yale University’s number-two GC, Susan Carney, to the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals (See my post of May 3, 2007: Chubb lawyer left to clerk for 10 months.).

An inappropriate role for a law department. The general counsel of a textile manufacturing company stated on a survey responded to last Fall by 176 US in-house lawyers that “Our department acts as an audit team constantly reviewing deals for return on investment to maximize EBITA.” A purer example of a law department far off the range, outside its remit and over its head I haven’t read!

15,800 in-house counsel in Spain? This was the message I read on LinkedIn. My translation is in the subject. ¿Somos realmente más de 15.800 abogados de empresa en España? La Abogacía parece ser una profesión solitaria según el artículo públicado en la pag 42 de la revista ABOGADOS, editada por el CGAEdado que el 71% trabaja de forma independiente pero en dicho artículo se menciona que LinkedIn discussion (See my post of Dec. 31, 2010: compiles posts on the number of law departments worldwide.).

Loser-pays in Britain if settlement offer declined and not improved on. “Under British law, if a plaintiff or defendant turns down a pretrial settlement offer and then loses or wins a lower sum in court, he or she is liable for the other party’s legal costs.” The quote comes from Bloomberg Businessweek, May 30-June 5, 2011 at 22. I thought that the “loser” almost always pays and did not know about a FRCP Rule 68 equivalent that both sides can trigger (See my post of July 1, 2009: loser-pays jurisdictions with 6 references.).

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