Circus and Carnival Litigation



Cartoon Characters Subpoenaed

Last Friday, a court in Naples, Italy, sent trial subpoenas to Mickey Mouse, Tweety, and Donald and Daisy Duck, in what appears to have been a clerical error. The defendant awaiting trial there is charged with counterfeiting Disney and Warner…


Battle Over Custody of Leg Escalates

Last week, Shannon Whisnant bought a barbecue smoker at an auction in Maiden, North Carolina (population 3,282).  When he got home, he discovered he had gotten more than his money’s worth when he found a human leg inside his new…


Crazy Guy Helps O.J.’s Defense Team at Press Conference

In this outstanding clip edited from MSNBC’s coverage, O.J. Simpson’s attorney Yale Galanter is assisted at a press conference by a gentleman who seems to have recently joined the team.  It appears that Galanter will provide the legal talent, and…



Liability Concerns Said to Be Hobbling British Clowns

A British clown (a man who makes a living as a clown, not just some guy I think is a "clown" who happens to be British) was quoted this week as saying that clients’ concerns about possible liability have seriously…



Colorado Judge Rules “Hacky-Sack” Is Not Juggling

Just last week (or the week before), we got some clarity in the ongoing debate over whether a burrito is a sandwich (it isn't). This week, a ruling on whether playing "hacky-sack" is juggling. As you might expect, this story…


Clown Suit Threatened

Happy the Clown and other Bay Area clowns received threatening letters last week from Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP, a New York firm, telling the clowns to cease and desist from wearing costumes that look too much like characters…