April 2009

I Pity the Fool Who Does Not Strike Mr. T From The Jury

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the most popular searches that leads people to this site is something like “how to get out of jury duty,” and here’s the latest idea for that — be Mr. T. T, born “Laurence…


New Swiss Law Aims to Halt Invasion of Naked Germans

The canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, located in northeastern Switzerland, has voted to ban nude hiking in an effort to deter naked Germans from tromping around their tiny mountain state.  The incursion apparently began last autumn, when residents began encountering Germans in…



Don Henley Sues Candidate to Stop Song Parodies

Again we learn the lesson that suing somebody who's saying something you don't like is guaranteed to get them more publicity (often now called the "Streisand Effect").   This time the teacher is Don Henley, a founding member of The Eagles, who…


Dog-Walking Controversy May Cost Couple Their Home

Robert Wirth, Jr., and his wife, Sandra Blaker, are appealing a court's order directing them to pay over $40,000 in a case stemming from Wirth's insistence on walking their dog without a leash in violation of homeowners-association rules.  The association has a lien on their home, and…


Law Firms: Last Vestige of the Medieval Guild System?

“In the current economic crisis, we see the final demise of the medieval guild in the American legal profession,” said Joel Henning, a law firm consultant at Hildebrandt International Inc. Carlyn Kolker, 'Medieval' U.S. Law Firm Pay Structure Buckles, Bloomberg.com…


Muslim Clerics Issue Cell-Phone Fatwa

A panel of Muslim clerics in northern India have issued a fatwa prohibiting the use of cellphones, at least in certain un-Islamic ways. If they will extend this to the BlackBerry, I might be willing to convert. A fatwa, you may…


Will Perry Mason Defend Himself?

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Perry Mason had been charged with felony barratry in Texas, a crime that carries a penalty of up to ten years in jail.  "Barratry" is the dastardly crime committed when a non-attorney solicits clients for a…


“Octomom” Seeks Trademark

Nadya Suleman, also known as the “Octomom” for her amazing ability to give birth to eight offspring at once (or at least in rapid succession), has applied to trademark that nickname, according to reports on April 15. If she ever…


Kansas City Docket: Chips Ahoy

Friends in the Midwest noticed this new case filing last week: Michael Rolf v. Kraft Foods, 4:09-cv-00270-FJG (W.D. Mo. filed 4/8/2009) Product liability complaint. The plaintiff got "high" after eating a box of Chips Ahoy cookies "with drugs in them."…