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J.R. Whaley

When Your Electronic Data Isn’t Safe

Just last week it was reported that millions of government workers’ private information might have been compromised by hackers. The Associated Press reports that hackers may have obtained critical personal information, such as name, Social Security Number, date and place […]

J.R. Whaley

Who Thought About You This Memorial Day?

The schools are out, temperatures (and gas prices) are rising, and the beaches are crowded. And various country music stars have descended upon Baton Rouge. I think that makes it official — Summer 2015 is here. But if that anecdotal […]

J.R. Whaley

Clear Legal Writing — A Need and a Requirement*

The United States Supreme Court recently threatened to sanction an attorney for filing an unintelligible, jargon-filled petition in a patent case. Also, possible changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure will require attorneys writing for federal appellate courts to […]

J.R. Whaley

BP Settlement: Lilly Tomlin Was Right.

Lilly Tomlin said that, “No matter how cynical you get, it’s almost impossible to keep up.” With BP’s most recent filing, it’s hard to argue with that observation. BP filed a motion today, seeking return of awards previously made to […]

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BP Settlement — What SCOTUS Denial of BP’s Stay May Mean.

BP lost its latest effort to delay making good on its much-ballyhooed “Commitment to the Gulf” earlier today.  The United States Supreme Court denied BP’s request to “stay the mandate” issuing from the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. […]

J.R. Whaley

Got (Raw) Milk? Think I’ll Pass.

In Louisiana, we are known for great food.  And it is no secret that we sometimes eat things that are not common in other parts of the world.  Crawfish, of course, come to mind.  But despite our adventurous palate as […]