July 2010

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Reasons Not to Represent Yourself, #73

I have mentioned this case before, but am re-posting it because I decided to add it to the Case Law Hall of Fame.  It mostly speaks for itself: Briefly stated, the facts are as follows: In the early morning of December 7,…


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Case Law Hall of Fame

Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp. (S.D. Tex. 2001) (“Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact . . . to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that…


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Spanx Bandit Apprehended

"This was a really bizarre disguise," said Brandon Clabes, police chief of Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He was referring to the Spanx stretch girdle that a woman wore as a mask when robbing an Oklahoma McDonald's this week.  "I wasn't sure…



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From the Docket: A Trip-and-Fall-and-Slip-and-Fall-and-Fall Case

Filed recently in Pleasanton, California: Merwin v. Raley's, et al., No. VG10-527672 (Alameda County Super. Ct. filed July 27, 2010) Premises liability action where the plaintiff fell when her foot got stuck on a piece of tape on the floor…


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Plaintiffs Claim Reading on iPad Is Not “Just Like Reading a Book”

A class-action lawsuit filed last week claims that Apple is guilty of fraud and consumer-law violations because the iPad may shut down under certain "environmental conditions."  Specifically, Jacob Baltazar and two other plaintiffs claim that the device may overheat and…


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Assorted Stupidity #3

In February, a dispute over pet turkeys led to a $4.25 million verdict in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Robert and Jennifer Klippel admitted they stole seven turkeys from Ralph Dupps' yard, but said the birds were a nuisance and should…


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Warning: Sharp Thing May Cut Hand

Here's a case report describing a recent filing in San Francisco County: Brendan H__ v. KatachiSF Inc. dba Katachi, No. CGC-10-501116 (San Francisco Super. Ct. filed 6/28/10). Personal injury action in which the defendants failed to warn the plaintiff that…


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Mugging Outside Ninja School Goes Poorly

Unfortunate for society: you are willing to assault another person in order to steal his iPod. Unfortunate for you: the location you choose for the assault is just outside the local "ninja warrior school." A 27-year-old medical student was attacked…