January 2008,Eliot Disner selected by American Bar Association as one of 22 "(Lawyer) Newsmakers of the Year, 2007-2008" (Jan. 2008 ABA Journal). Just three of the designees are in private practice. Of Disner and five other honorees, the ABA predicted, "Their work will quietly shape the legal news in 2008."
November 9, 2007, Joel Bennett obtains jury verdict in Boise, Idaho state court, proving no late fee due where multimillion dollar balloon payment to insurance company lender was, in fact, made late. Details to follow. Watch this space.
October 2007, Eliot Disner publishes "New Court Rulings Strip Printer Companies of Power", in ReCharger Magazine. To be republished in LA Lawyer (December 2007), and upcoming Practical Lawyer
August 10, 2007, Los Angeles Daily Journal dubs Eliot Disner a "Crusader", then quotes him: "I observed something at the FTC, there were lots of cases filed in the auto-parts industry," he said. "The attorneys knew the industry, and as long as it needed fixing, they did auto-parts cases. I know the bar review industry pretty well, and the industry is by no means fixed. If I'm physically capable, have the emotional wherewithal and the means, I figure, why don't I keep working on this thing?"
August 8, 2007, Disner Law Corporation files new Complaint against West (BAR/BRI) in US District Court in Los Angeles, seeking break-up of BAR/BRI for law students who will take a bar review course in 2010. Schall v. West Publishing Co., Case No. CV 07-5146R
June 2007, ALI-ABA publishes 4th edition of Eliot Disner's book Antitrust: Questions, Answers, Law and Commentary. The American Antitrust Institute reviewer of an earlier edition reported "periodically cracking a smile" as he read it.
May 25, 2007, Above the Law weighs in on Disner firing. Among the comments: Disner is god. I read his brief. It persuaded me through its multiple ! points. I was waiting for emoticons. That said, it was still pretty damn persuasive that MW sold out the class" and "Damn you Mr. Disner! Don't you know that in class action lawsuits, plaintiffs are extemely lucky if they recover anything more than 5 cents of every dollar they lost?"
May 24, 2007, Wall Street Journal reports: "McGuireWoods, the lead class counsel, fired Eliot Disner, a former partner who has complained that McGuire's proposed $49 million settlement doesn't adequately compensate the class." One blogger went on to write (grammar as indicated); "i?ve had dealings with disner and he is absolutely a stand up guy with a national reputation. the barbri case was disner?s baby. mcguire will suffer more by losing such a skilled attorney."
February 25, 2007,New York Times reports: "The proposed settlement puts Eliot G. Disner, who filed the BAR/BRI case, in an even more awkward spot. Mr.Disner... is now a McGuireWoods partner. According to the former BAR/BRI students objecting to the settlement, Mr. Disner told them that he would seek to break up the company. Yet as a partner at McGuireWoods, Ms. [Lisa] Gintz [objecting class rep] said, he cannot criticize the deal his colleagues have negotiated."
June, 2006, Representing Aetna life Insurance Co. in trial against GameStop, Inc., Eliot Disner successfully defends use of radius clause in shopping center lease from the challenge that it was an illegal restraint of trade. Disner quoted as follows: "The Court's decision clarified once and for all that although covenants not to compete remain illegal when it comes to migrating personnel in California, they may be legal when freely negotiated between non-competing businesses here. This is an important victory for shopping centers throughout the State, with a ripple effect throughout the country. Had we been unsuccessful, we believe GameStop and others around the country would have been primed to ignore these freely-negotiated clauses, which can be so important to the vitality of shopping centers and malls."
April 29, 2005, Eliot Disner, serving as lead counsel, files Rodriguez, et al v. West dba BAR/BRI, et al, Case No. CV-05-3222 in US District Court in Los Angeles. Case brought for 300,000 former BAR/BRI customers, seeks average overcharge of $1000 per person, plus injunctive relief. Eliot Disner was quoted as follows in the May 13, 2005 ABA Net Journal: "My goal is to get the [BAR/BRI] company broken up... Over the years, there's been a number of people interested in the bar business - it's very lucrative - but BAR/BRI has done a very good job at keeping them out, I think illegally at some times."
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