Web Week

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

Law thaw

If you like your legal news funny and made up, then Litination ­(www.litination.com) is the site for you. Its tag line is: “The truth, the half truth, and nothing like the truth… so help me law,” and the stories read like a cross between The Lawyer and The Onion.

The most recent post is about Jones Day freezing its associates in response to the downturn.

The story cites a firm spokesperson as saying: “Jones Day is committed to responding to this ­difficult fiscal environment with creative and proactive approaches that both help our clients and offer our talented attorneys the best path forward. When thawed, these associates will re-enter the workforce with the same vigor that we have come to expect from them as hot-­blooded lawyers.”

So not that far from the truth then.

Snowy balls

That frosty nip in the air tells us that the ski ­season is upon us, and there are few better ways to spend a holiday on the piste than naked from the waist down and hanging upside down from a ski lift.

That’s what happened to one skier at Vail in ­Colorado – and he may soon be calling in his lawyers to get some ­compensation. That blog of legal quirks The ­Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com) ­reported the story .

The website reports that “the chairlift’s fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered ­position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap”. His trousers got caught and he was left upside down and

The case is a valuable one for any law firm for the humour factor alone.