Lawyer loses lawsuit over Costco shrimp, plans to appeal

A few months ago, Marc Verzani, an attorney based in New York City, filed a lawsuit against Costco, alleging that the discount superstore was shorting its customers on its $9.99 shrimp trays. District Judge Judge Colleen McMahon rejected the lawsuit, stating that it was "simply ridiculous."

On one level, you have to feel bad for lawyers. Barely a year ago, there was tons of money floating around and a law degree was second only to an MBA as a license for snatching it up.

As massive companies inked gargantuan deals, battles over little details put millions of dollars into the pockets of the lawyers who were tasked with greasing the skids of commerce. For Verzani, a real estate and general business lawyer, it was a lucrative time, indeed.