Civil Procedure

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…




Assorted Stupidity #7

When I suggested the other day that Charlie Sheen should consider the Tourette's defense, I didn't have all the facts. So unless there is some evidence that Tourette's syndrome could cause someone to do cocaine, bring a porn star to…



Trial Continued Due to Outbreak of Saintsmania

From today's ruling in Becnel v. Northrup Grumman Ship Systems, a case pending in Orleans Parish, Louisiana: Considering the historic victory of the New Orleans Saints, the Court finds that the trial will not be able to proceed as originally…



Motion Dismissed for “Negligent Stapling”

The ABA Journal reports today that a judge in New York dismissed a motion for default judgment partly because it had been so poorly stapled. It appears that the staple or staples used were inadequately closed during the stapling process,…


Longest Known Judicial Oath

According to the people at Improbable Research, who collect interesting and completely ridiculous studies done in many scientific fields (including the social sciences), the longest known oath required of witnesses in a judicial proceeding was the oath required in Burmese…


Judge Finally Gets Around to Ruling on 26-Year-Old Case

Recently, District Judge Ronald McPhillips of Toole County, Montana, ruled that James Rubow had not breached his agreement with Milan Ayers, who contended that Rubow owed him millions of dollars for improperly taking his share of a natural-gas field. This…