December 2007


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Jury Finds Pool Store Not Liable For Goose Attack

Earlier this month, a jury in Maryland found against a woman who sued a shopping mall and pool store in Rockville after being attacked by a goose while on the mall’s property in 2004. Suzanne Webster said the goose’s ferocious…





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Snowball-Assault Case to Be Retried This Week After Mistrial

Colorado sources report that a mistrial was declared Friday, December 7, in the trial of Andrew Thistleton.  Thistleton, an Australian, faces criminal assault charges due to an incident last season at Copper Mountain ski resort, where he and the victim…


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Feuding Newport Beach Gypsy-Fortune-Teller Clans Take Dispute to Court

A dispute that could be compared to the plot of a “Sopranos” season, if “The Sopranos” involved Gypsy families fighting over the fortune-telling business in Newport Beach, California, has finally landed in court after years of turf battles. The Merino…


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First Santa Attack of 2007 Results in Arrest

In what I believe was the first Santa-related attack of 2007, a college student in Missoula, Montana, was charged with misdemeanor assault last Friday after he hit a shopping-mall Santa in the face with a pie. The assaulter, a 22-year-old…


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Cartoon Characters Subpoenaed

Last Friday, a court in Naples, Italy, sent trial subpoenas to Mickey Mouse, Tweety, and Donald and Daisy Duck, in what appears to have been a clerical error. The defendant awaiting trial there is charged with counterfeiting Disney and Warner…


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Ninth Circuit Applies “Slubby Mass” Rule to Dismiss Appeal

On November 29, the Ninth Circuit again applied the Slubby Mass Rule to reject an appellant’s brief and dismiss the appeal.  In case you did not learn this one in law school, this rule provides that any pleading presented to…