July 2010

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,…


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…


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…





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…


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…


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…