Civil Procedure

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Order Overruling Objection to Motion Filed About Four Minutes Late

Specifically, four minutes and twenty-seven seconds. I’ve known about this order for a while now—it was issued in a case called Hyperphrase Technologies v. Microsoft Corp. in 2003—but was surprised to note (after somebody sent it to me today) that I…


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Carreon v. The Oatmeal: Plaintiff Continues to Dig [Updated]

As Popehat has already covered in detail here (see also Adam Steinbaugh), Charles Carreon has again escalated his frivolous lawsuit against Matthew Inman (creator of The Oatmeal), IndieGoGo, and two charities (the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Foundation). This…



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Lawsuit Demands End to Use of Term “Inmate”

According to the New York Post, a new lawsuit demands that the state stop using the word "inmate" because it is offensive to inmates the imprisoned the involuntarily freedom-challenged. Or, at least, the plaintiff demands that the state stop referring to…


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Dallas Mavericks Move to Dismiss Case Alleging Mismanagement

Or, as the motion describes them, the "World Champion Dallas Mavericks." Assuming this describes the case correctly – and it does appear to be a real filing, although whether it's a real motion for summary judgment or just gloating is hard to say…


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Motion to Exclude Large-Breasted Woman From Trial

According to this report at Jezebel.com, an Illinois lawyer has filed a motion in limine seeking to prevent his opponent's female "companion" from sitting with him during trial, apparently on the sole grounds that the woman's breasts are so large that they…



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The People Who Sued Themselves

Over the weekend I wrote about Lodi v. Lodi, which was not a divorce but rather one man's legal crusade against himself. I was thinking about that because I'm working on a legal-ethics presentation about conflict-of-interest rules, which is a sufficiently…