The American jury makes a profound contribution to the very structure and fabric of American law, Ciulla v. Rigny, 89 F. Supp. 2d 97, 98 (D. Mass. 2000), and so it is here. Indeed, this particular case would be of little interest to anyone other than the litigants were it not for the remarkable

Blawgletter adores cases that involve energy — oil, gas, wind, sun, nuclear, electric, tidal, you name it. We tried one last May in Texas and another last month in Louisiana — and look forward to trying a Great Many others, within Texas and without.

Which made us smile today at Judge Posner's opinion yesterday in

Way back in January 2009, Blawgletter wrote that we doubted a 1995 federal law – a sub-section of which the Second Circuit called "the RICO Amendment" — bars claims, under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, that allege fraud involving credit default swaps and other swap contracts. MLSMK Inv. Co. v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., No.

Scene:  A cafe in Uptown Dallas. Noonish. Sunlight streams through half-open vertical blinds. The beams hurt your eyes. Or they would if you hadn't left as soon as Bitey started talking about the Italian Cowboy case.

Bitey:        Just think, Snappy, the Supreme Court of Texas just ruled for plaintiffs last week! Shazaam!

Snappy:    Imagine my surprise.

Bitey:        A landlord told a