August 2011


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The Bronx Effect?

The Bronx civil jury is the greatest tool of wealth redistribution since the Red Army.        – Ron Kuby Likely to be at least a slight exaggeration, but a great quote. Kuby had been asked to comment on…


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Another Motorized-Beer-Cooler DUI

A 23-year-old Australian man has been fined $500 as a result of being caught driving drunk. Christopher Petrie appeared in court on Monday, but a continuance was granted so that everybody could research the question whether the motorized beer cooler…


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Man Gives Ex-Wife a Boulder for Her Birthday

Saying his ex-wife Isa had always wanted a "big rock," Dany Lariviere of Montreal gave her one last weekend for her birthday. She will not be wearing it on her finger, though, because it weighs about 20 tons: Bonne fête, Isa…


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CBS Settles Naked-Dinner-Guest Allegations Against Dr. Phil

In January, the California Court of Appeal ruled in favor of two women who had sued CBS, claiming that "Dr. Phil" McGraw had falsely imprisoned them in a house into which he then released a naked man with the words,…


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Court: No, One Person Can’t Be a “Partnership”

I’m a strong believer that in legal writing, an introduction should pretty much tell you everything you need to know. This one does. The parties to this appeal, a partnership dispute, agree on one issue. They want us to assume…


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Movie Bombs Early When Police Blow Up Script

These are tough times for unattended packages. Used to be you could sit around for weeks with not a care in the world, but these days you can't get 15 minutes alone before somebody comes along and wants to blow…


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Evidence You Have Too Much Money

1. You own an iPad. 2. You own a fancy case for your iPad. 3. You paid $500 for your iPad case because it's part of The Bernie Madoff Collection, which means it's made out of Bernie Madoff's old clothes….


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Bad News for Those in Quest of Roadkill

In May, I reported that it looked like it would soon be legal in Illinois to take or possess "fur-bearing mammals found dead or unintentionally killed by a vehicle along a roadway," given that the state Senate had just passed the…


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Clinton’s Stature Called Into Question by New York Times

At least according to this picture: On the other hand, if they are crediting her with magical powers, then I guess it's not a bad tradeoff. I also question this reporting, though, on the grounds that, at the moment, it…