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“A good fortune may forebode bad luck, which may in turn disguise good fortune.”  – Chinese Proverb

I’ve been sent the blogging equivalent of a chain letter.  The kind folks at Drug and Device Law Blog have tagged ClassActionBlawg.com with an Internet Meme (if you don’t know, click the link–It was the first I’d heard of such a thing).  My task is to list five interesting non-law blogs and then tag five more blawgers to do the same.  This process will then continue over and over until we either find the “God” particle or create a microscopic black hole that causes the Earth to implode instantaneously into a single point of infinite mass and gravity.

The whole thing feels like just the sort of pyramid marketing scheme that is going to get me named a defendant in the next wave of class actions, so my good sense tells me to ignore it.  But on the other hand, I have this gut feeling that if I don’t accept Drug and Device Law Blog‘s invitation, the ensuing bad karma will cause me to be afflicted with some sort of industrial disease.

So, I’ll do it, but just to be extra safe, let me first make this DISCLAIMER for the benefit each of the millions of you who end up getting tagged in the future.  Please do NOT mail me a $1 bill, no matter how much bad luck you think might come your way if you don’t.

With that out of the way, here are my non-law blog picks of the moment:

1) Levick Strategic Communications’ Bulletproof Blog covers PR topics of interest to lawyers and their clients facing publicity relating to litigation.

2) For those interested in keeping up with trends in corporate governance issues from an accounting consultant’s pespective, see Francine McKenna’s blog, re: The Auditors.

3) Tech Crunch is a great resource for reviews of new websites of all types and trends in Internet innovation, including class action-related sites like SueEasy and litigation alternatives like AllRise.

4) Being a closet science geek, my favorite radio program these days is WNYC’s Radio Lab.  WNYC also  offers a Radio Lab blog, where they post extra content, just in case the radio broadcasts and podcasts aren’t enough.  They haven’t done anything remotely related to class actions as far as I know, but they did do an episode recently on the mysteries of collective group action (in the physical, not legal, sense) called Emergence.  Plus, co-host Robert Krulwich recently gave this commencement speech at Cal Tech discussing the art of persuasion through storytelling, which I think is just as applicable to lawyers as it is to scientists.

5) Finally, if you want to keep up to date on everything going on in the NFL even when it’s not game day, check out Mac’s Football Blog.  I couldn’t figure out a way to make this one even tangentially related to class actions, but I have to give it a plug since it is written by a fellow suffering Seahawks fan.

… and here are my blawger victims:

1) My former Corporations and Administrative Law Professor, Jay Brown, authors The Race to the Bottom in collaboration with students, which focuses on corporate governance issues.

2) Since he is primarily a plaintiff’s lawyer, Scott Leviant’s perspectives are usually wrong, but his blog entries in The Complex Litigator are so eloquent that you still find yourself agreeing with him.

3) Mack Sperling’s North Carolina Business Litigation Report covers the goings-on in a jurisdiction with a specialized business court dedicated to complex litigation matters.

4) Blawging veteran Kimberly Kralowec of The UCL Practitioner was part of CLE panel that finally convinced me to start ClassActionBlawg.com.  So this is the thanks she gets!

5) Anonymous blogger of The Mommy Blawg gave ClassActionBlawg.com a mention in her May 5 Blawg Review #158, so this is the thanks she gets! 

Let us go forth and multiply…

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It’s a little later this week than normal because I unexpectedly had to attend a hearing out of state, but better late than never.  Here are some blog posts of interest to class action practitioners from this past week…

The Complex Litigator has an extensive analysis of an upcoming Law Review article by Professor Sheila Scheuerman of the Charleston College of Law regarding “inferential preclusion of punitive damages claims in class actions.”

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/05/has-the-united.html

For the latest in California class certification decisions, see The UCL Practitioner:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/05/new-class-certi.html

The California Wage and Hour Law weblog reminds the plaintiffs’ bar that some of the best ideas on employment class action strategies come from defense lawyers (right back at you)…

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/05/new-littler-rep.html

… and reviews a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the ability of a district court in which a certified class action is pending to enjoin other competing actions:

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/05/district-courts.html

SCOTUS Blog provides links to case materials in for class action cases in which Petitions for Certiorari have been filed with the United States Supreme Court raising, including issues relating to class action arbitration bans in consumer contracts and removal issues:

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/petitions-to-watch-conference-of-52208/

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/petitions-to-watch-conference-of-52908/

Drug and Device Law Blog analyzes a recent Oregon Supreme Court decision in a class action lawsuit addressing whether having to undergo medical monitoring can be an injury sufficient support a negligence claim:

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/ (See Post entitled So Big And Yet So Small)

Class Action Defense Blog provides a detailed summary of a recent federal court decision certifying a class in an action against a pharmaceutical company for its alleged actions to prevent generic competitors from entering the market:

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/05/glaxosmithkline_class_action_d.html

D&O Diary provides yet another excellent analysis of trends in subprime class action litigation:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/05/articles/subprime-litigation/variations-on-the-subprime-lawsuit-theme/

Federal Civil Practice Bulletin provides a link to an article by Vanderbilt Law Professor Amanda Rose regarding securities class action reforms:

http://federalcivilpracticebulletin.blogspot.com/2008/05/prof-rose-posts-article-on-reforming.html 

EDTexWeblog.com discusses a federal district court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a class action filed under the Federal Odometer Act:

http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/2008/05/motion-to-dismi.html

Northern Law Blog discusses the benefits of responding to class action settlement notices.

http://www.northernlawblog.com/2008/05/class-action-lawsuits.html

Smart Blog discusses a lawyer’s rating website that successfully defeated a class action lawsuit on First Amendment grounds:

http://smartblog.typepad.com/smart_blog/2008/05/no-good-deed-go.html

A (very) left-of-center blog criticizes Barak Obama’s support of CAFA.  (Not to get too political, but this post only helps solidify my own support of Mr. Obama.  No doubt a major press release of my endorsement will follow):

http://proletariat.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/obama-and-the-class-action-fairness-act/

istockanalyst.com provides an extensive commentary of both potential abuses in class action lawsuits in general and issues regarding a particular shareholder class action attacking a proposed merger between satellite radio providers…

http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewarticle+articleid_1853716.html

…but InjuryBoard.com defends the benefits of class action lawsuits:

http://cleveland.injuryboard.com/miscellaneous/benefits-of-class-action-lawsuits.aspx?googleid=238998

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