February 2007

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Why Dannielynn Gets Everything

For those of you who are closely following the Anna Nicole Smith story, this article by Professor Joanna Grossman clearly sets out the legal reasoning behind Judge Larry Seidlin’s "odd," "tearfully delivered," but also apparently correct ruling in the Broward…



Osama bin Laden in an Xmas store

Lodi Nut Company to Close Gift Shop Due to Terrorism Concerns

The Lodi Nut Company, of Lodi, California, says it will be forced to close its factory gift shop at the end of this month because the cost of complying with Homeland Security regulations is too high.  Terrorists are not yet…


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Please Note: Even Elderly Marines Can Kick Your Ass

Luckily, I already had a great deal of respect for Marines, elderly or not, so I didn’t need this lesson.  But it’s too late for a mugger in Costa Rica who made the very poor decision to try to rob…


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Post-Traumatic-Internet-Addiction Claim is Back in the News

Not sure why this story is popping up again right now — it may be that the report last December was of a threatened lawsuit, and now it’s actually been filed, but you know what?  It doesn’t matter. Because James…


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Lawyer Victorious After Two-Year Legal Battle Over $3.76

Adam Goodmann’s shoplifting conviction was reversed by New Jersey’s Appellate Division on February 2, bringing to an end a two-year legal battle that began with a dispute over a $3.76 charge for film developing. Goodmann was charged with shoplifting in…



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PTO Refuses to Register “Obama Bin Laden” Trademark

Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office informed Alexandre Batlle that it would not register the proposed trademark "OBAMA BIN LADEN," which of course conflates the names of presidential candidate "Barack Obama" and non-presidential-candidate "Osama bin Laden."  Batlle…


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Batman Eludes Phoenix Police

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that three Phoenix-area schools were put "on lockdown" after a middle-school student reported seeing a person dressed as Batman run across the school grounds, jump over a fence and disappear into the desert.  The…


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Manila Airport Security Apprehends German Pants-Dropper

Upgraded security procedures at Manila International Airport are being credited for the apprehension of Hans Jurgen Oskar von Naguschewski, a 66-year-old German tourist who got so fed up with it that he dropped his pants before walking (or more likely…