May 2010

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Google Maps Made Me Walk Onto the Highway, Woman Claims

In my opinion, mapping software paired with GPS technology is one of the more remarkable developments of the modern age, but you know what?  You do still need to look where you're going occasionally.  Please remember this if you are…


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UPDATE on “Group Licentiousness” Conviction

Last week I wrote about the conviction of Ma Yaohai, a Chinese computer-science professor who was recently sentenced to three and a half years in prison for organizing what the New York Times called "informal swingers clubs" and what the…


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A Farewell to Pants

In the least surprising development of the week, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has affirmed the order dismissing the case of Pants Judge v. District of Columbia, meaning that Roy L. Pearson, Jr., has lost again. This…



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Appeal of Crunch Berries Case Dismissed

People, I’ve just received terrible news: the appeal in the Crunch Berries case has been dismissed. As you may recall (I’ve brought it up often enough), this was the California consumer-fraud case in which the plaintiff alleged she had purchased “Cap’n…


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TIP: “Group Licentiousness” Still Illegal in China

On May 20, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that 22 people had been convicted and sentenced to jail for taking part in "licentious activities," which it appears are criminal offenses in that happy land.  At least if the whole…


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Former Pathological Liar May Be Deposed in Contract Case

The obvious headline for this one, "Yeah, that's the ticket!" has already been used many times by now.  I successfully resisted the urge to use it myself anyway, but it wasn't easy. Jon Lovitz, who portrayed "Tommy Flanagan: Pathological Liar"…


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Hulkster Sues Post Cereal Over “Degrading” Cocoa Pebbles Ad

Apparently unhappy with an ad for Cocoa Pebbles in which a Hulkesque character gets his ass kicked by Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Hulk Hogan has sued the manufacturer for allegedly misappropriating his likeness. In the ad, called "Cocoa Smashdown," a character identified…


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Finally! A Litigation Game for the iPhone

The game developer Capcom "deserves a lot of credit for sticking to one of the least appealing-sounding concepts in game history," writes John Herrman at Gizmodo, said concept being one in which you play an attorney in a game that…


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Nevada Bans Chicken Suits From Polling Places

Early voting has begun in Nevada's 2010 primary elections, and over the weekend many sources reported that Nevada election officials have added chicken suits to the list of items that are banned from polling places. Man-sized chickens have been involved…