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July 29, 2005



I'm definitely in agreement about Chris, though I'm a little uncertain on Deep - I think Black won't like him because he's short.

I had a few of the same wonderings that you had: how are the numbers going to work as the weeks go by? And what about the Bar? I didn't even think about the conflict-of-interest thing, but my girlfriend also wondered whether the producers really limited themselves to just CA-licensed lawyers, or whether some kind of exemptions were granted, or what?

Eric Goldman

Good recap and questions, Tung. It's my understanding that with several of the People's Court/Judge Judy type shows, the producers pay the parties an appearance fee and sometimes the awarded damages--so although there is semmingly money on the table, chances are that the disputants are actually just fighting for ego/pride/"justice" instead.

Also, I worked in the 444 Building back in 1990--it was an OK building back then, but it's definitely showing its age now.


Tung Yin

Yeah, 444 was a bigger deal back in the 1980s. But the newer buildings on Bunker Hill, plus the Library Tower (for non-L.A. types, it was the light blue cylindrical tower that the aliens blasted in "Independence Day"), took the cachet away.

355 South Grand, where I worked when I was at Munger Tolles, was an okay building but a nice location. I think the buildings across the street at Cal Plaza were probably the prettiest, though.


Wow, I think this is the first time I've ever heard a discussion on the merits of skyscrapers in L.A. Obviously, Chicago and New York, everybody's heard. San Francisco, too, with that oddball Transamerica Tower (or whatever it's called now), and Seattle has its Needle. Even Pittsburgh, Detroit and Houston have their landmarks. But L.A? You hear that discussed about as much you hear about picturesque downtown Milwaukee.


...Though Milwaukee's art museum is a pretty cool addition to the skyline--they can open and close the "wings" depending on time of day and weather.

Pauly D

How hilarious was that guy on the stand who kept repeating, "BIG DOGS RUNNING, BIG DOGS RUNNING!"?

Love it.


I just read that the two episodes of The Law Firm were so low-rated that it will be moved to Bravo. Sad.

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