Facebook is a steaming pile...

So I changed the like button on the sidebar to a standard one linked to this page, and not the facebook page for The Complex Litigator.  Since facebook removed the ability to import a blog rss feed into a page, I would have to duplicate all information from here again on facebook to make the page useful.  It's hard enough to find the time to write this stuff once, let alone log onto facebook so they can snoop in my business all the while I am logged onto facebook.

Lots of catch-up posts today, so scroll, baby, scroll

Today, as I play catch-up, we have posts about "hot gas," the sufficiency of a "commission" for overtime exemption purposes, and yet another arbitration decision.  That means you have a significant amount of scrolling to do.  Or pick your post:

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego present the 4th Annual Class Action Symposium

A combination of being buried at work and precious few appellate decisions filled with class action gold have made things a little slow around here.  But now I've got something for you.   The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego are presenting their 4th Annual Class Action Symposium on Friday, October 14, 2011 and Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel is the newest waterfront hotel located directly adjacent to the Padre Stadium and a short walk from downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.

Good for 10.0 General Credits and 1.0 Ethics MCLE Credit, the Symposium will include an impressive lineup of speakers.  The panel speakers will address topics such as: Class Arbitration, Dukes, Ticketmaster, and Damages and Equitable Relief, just to name a few.  Featured speakers include: Arthur Bryant of Public Justice, the nation's leading lawyer on the issue of class wide arbitration, Judge Vaughn Walker (Ret.), whose creative legal mind will help navigate emerging complex cases and activist Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer Watchdog, to put it all in perspective.  I will be speaking there too, but you should sign up anyhow.

The Complex Litigator is now on Alltop

The Complex Litigator is now listed on Alltop, in the legal news section.  Alltop is the magazine newsrack for the Internet.  Here's how Alltop describes its purpose:

The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.

Alltop is a unique way to view current events or issues of current interest in any particular field.  I recommend skimming the legal news section from time to time, to spot trends if nothing else.


December 28, 2010 edition of Daily Journal includes columns on class arbitration issues

In case you missed it (as did I, and I'm one of the authors), the December 28, 2010 edition of the Daily Journal includes columns on the interaction between arbitration and class actions.

The Complex Litigator will be on a vacation break for the next week

Having not taken a vacation in several years, it's about time for a week of R&R.  I may post if some sufficiently crazy news comes out, but I would get in trouble if I were posting on run-of-the-mill stuff (I'd get "stink eye" from soon-to-be six-year-old, and that would hurt too much).

Tell the Supreme Court not to ban all class actions until I am back.

State Court Docket Watch Summer 2010 now available from the Federalist Society

Like the headline says, State Court Docket Watch Summer 2010 is now available here on the The Federalist Society website.   The newest edition includes thoughts on Business and Professions Code section 17200 after the passage of Proposition 64.  Pay no attention to the odd coincidence that one of the contributors has a name very similar to mine.  I would never engage in shameless self-promotion and how dare you say that.

Comments now require approval before they appear

Due to an unrelenting attempt by spammers to advise you of the latest athletic shoe deals, or mortgage restructuring deals, or other exciting services, I have changed a setting on this blog so that comments require approval before they appear.  I am doing this solely to keep spammers from being rewarded by whatever "google juice" a link from this blog supplies.  Topical comments will be approved as soon as I can get to them.

RSS feeds on The Complex Litigator

If you subscribe to the RSS feed provided by Feedburner (now Google Feedburner, actually), something seems to have gone wrong with it in the last week.  I suggest changing over to the RSS feed provided by SquareSpace:  http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/post-data/rss.xml

I may need to abandon the FeedBurner feed if it doesn't correct itself soon, but I didn't want to cut off subscribers without warning about the possibility of this change.

Refusing to produce documents? Not priceless.

The correct answer, at least for yesterday, is $25,000. I normally don't write, even obliquely, about cases that I am actively litigating, but I felt like I should bend the rule this one time. A trial court granted $25,000 in monetary sanctions for a defendant's failure to comply with a discovery order. I'm trying to be a "glass is a little over half full" kind of guy. I asked for $45,000.