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

1998-134-4_newSnappy reclines. The Empire State Building looms in the mid-distance. Bitey consults his notes. He clears his throat.

Bitey:    The U.S. Supreme Court's summer break started last week, Snaps, and the time has come for us to look at the . . . uh . . . results of the 2012-13 Term for those commercial cases

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.

If you've tired of hearing campaign promises about tax cuts, repeal of tax cuts, extension of tax cuts, tax cuts for the middle class, tax cuts for income over $250,000 a year, and the like — relax.  Let Blawgletter tell you about an entirely other subject:  tax avoidance.

And not just any kind of tax