February 2006


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Insurer’s Attempt to Blame Dog for Fire Fails

Last month, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision granting summary judgment to the maker and seller of a halogen lamp believed to have caused a fire that destroyed a New Jersey home.  They had been sued by State Farm, which…


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Berkeley Disinvites Thousands of Losers from Admission Party

A email accidentally sent by the law school admissions director for the University of California at Berkeley comically ruined the lives of thousands of applicants this week.  Edward Tom was training a new staff member when he attempted to send…


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Whoever Was Buying the Kid Rock Sex Video Now Has to Stop

Robert Ritchie, a.k.a. "Kid Rock," has won a temporary injunction to stop the sale of a video that allegedly shows him engaged in sexual activity as part of a group that included four women and Scott Stapp, the former lead…


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7-Year-Old Girl Marries Dog, Family Celebrates

Friends and family of Shivam Munda, a seven-year-old Santhal Indian girl from Bihar province, held three days of traditional celebrations and festivities after Shivam married a dog. Indian media reported that girl’s upper teeth came in before her lower teeth…


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Charmingest-Named Supreme Court Cert Denial Ever

Everything for Love, Inc. v. Tender Loving Things, Inc. The case involved patent and trademark issues related to a scalp-massage device called "The Tingler."  Sadly, we will be hearing no more of this case. 74 U.S.L.W. 3351 (Feb. 21, 2006).



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Mahjong: That Loving, Brutal Game

Legal consequences involving the Chinese tile game mahjong were in the news twice today. First, the AP reported that petty criminals in Taiwan are increasingly being given the choice of either paying a fine or engaging in community service.  ("Petty…


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Texas Candidate Says Former Life as Prostitute is Behind Him

Desperate not to miss out on election-year scandals, the Texas Democratic Party is offering a former prostitute for election to the state house of representatives. Tom Malin, a salesman and actor who is running in the March 7 primary, has…


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Kansans Wanting to Marry a 12-Year-Old Must Act Quickly

KAKE News in Wichita has alerted local residents to a new bill that may raise the minimum marriage age to 16, with parental approval, or 18 without approval.  Currently, 12-year-olds can get married in Kansas with the consent of a…