Lobbyist Sues Newspaper: Vicki Iseman, a Washington lobbyist sued The New York Times for $27 million yesterday after the paper published an article that suggested she had an affair with Sen. John McCain in 1999, according to The Associated Press, via Law.com. The defamation suit names the paper’s executive editor, Washington bureau chief, and four reporters as defendants.
Associate Suspended After Sex Sting: A former Kirkland & Ellis associate, who was fired in 2004 after attempting to meet a minor for sex, was suspended from practicing law in New York for three years by a New York appellate court, according to the New York Law Journal, via Law.com. With a lack of precedent, the court was split, 3-2. The dissenting judges wanted the lawyer disbarred.
Madoff Mess: Yesterday, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved a $28.1 million transfer to cover expenses tied to the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's investment firm. The money will cover employee salaries and other costs. The Associated Press, via Law.com, reports none of the transferred funds will affect any recovery for investors who lost money in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Blagojevich Makes Senate Pick: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, selected former state attorney general Roland Burris to take President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat yesterday. According to The Washington Post, five Senate Democratic leaders said, in a joint statement, they would block the appointment, saying that Blagojevich is unfit to make the selection.