Contracts

There She Blows! ‘Tis the Contract for Moby Dick!

Agreement made between Harper and Brothers of the city of New York, Publishers, of the one part and Herman Melville of Pittsfield Massachusets [sic] of the other part, witnesseth— That the said Harper and Brothers have agreed to publish and…


The Two-Million-Dollar Moon

I believe it was Confucius who said: He who would moon a superior should first consider whether his profit-sharing plan has vested, but whoever said it, those were words of wisdom. The plaintiff in Selch v. Columbia Management ignored them in…






Billion-Year Contracts and Musical Chairs

Ironically, Scientologists declare that they are "of sound mind" when they sign this contract agreeing to commit to the group's "Sea Organization" for the next one billion years. According to this new article in the New Yorker, they also do stuff…


Two Ways to Get the President’s Attention

Author's Note: Alternative titles you may prefer, depending on your political persuasion: Somebody Finally Throws the Book at Obama or Public Still Eager to Donate to Democrats This blog makes an effort to be non-partisan, so please select from the…



Paris Hilton Sued for Wearing Wrong Hair Extensions

A company that makes hair extensions is suing Paris Hilton for $35 million, alleging that she breached an agreement to wear and promote its product.  Hilton was apparently paid $3.5 million to promote extensions made by Hairtech International Inc., but…