January 2010

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If You’ve Been Blown Up, Call This Firm Now

Here's another quality personal-injury-lawyer ad.  If you've been trying to come up with good marketing ideas for your firm and have been wondering how many explosions you could get into a 30-second TV spot, the answer is "at least eleven":…



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Sinking Pedal Boat Ends Ridiculous Escape Attempt

Palm Harbor, Florida.  Nicholas Hammond gets up to use the bathroom and finds someone burglarizing his home.  Burglar flees, with Hammond in pursuit.  Burglar leaps on getaway bike he has hidden a block away, but is unable to pedal fast…


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Trial Continued Due to Outbreak of Saintsmania

From today's ruling in Becnel v. Northrup Grumman Ship Systems, a case pending in Orleans Parish, Louisiana: Considering the historic victory of the New Orleans Saints, the Court finds that the trial will not be able to proceed as originally…


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Jell-O Shots Are “Alcoholic Beverages,” Judge Rules

A valiant legal effort came to nothing this week after an administrative-law judge in Iowa ruled that a "Jell-O shot" containing vodka does indeed qualify as an "alcoholic beverage" and so cannot be legally sold to minors.  Owners of the…


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Complaint in Ruined-Prada-Suit Case

Here's the complaint in Berland v. Peninou French Laundry, the previously mentioned lawsuit seeking compensation for ruined Prada attire. The facts alleged are as simple as they are disturbing: 7. On or about October 1, 2009, Plaintiff delivered to Defendants,…


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Lawsuit Seeks Damages for Ruined Prada Suit, Matching Accessories

Filed on Friday in San Francisco, this new lawsuit is definitely one to watch: Ann Gail Berland v. Peninou French Laundry & Cleaners Inc., CGC-10-496203 (S.F. Superior Court, filed Jan. 22, 2010). Complaint for negligence and breach of contract. The…


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Ape in Court

Seems like there is always some humor in store anytime an animal shows up in court.  I guess there was that one time it didn't go so well: Even then, though, the chimpanzees were kind of funny.  (It's those friggin orangutangs…


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John Edwards Manages to Get Less Popular

Apparently unhappy with his 15 percent approval rating in a recent poll I mentioned just the other day – the lowest that polling firm had ever recorded — former senator and candidate John Edwards dashed out on Thursday to make a statement…


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Seriously Funny Lawyer Ads?

I have not devoted nearly enough space here (yet) to the phenomenon of horrifyingly bad lawyer advertising of the kind that you tend to see during "Judge Judy" or on very-late-night TV. While lawyer advertising in general is not especially…