Titanic Legal Battles


LTB logo

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…


LTB logo

How Physicists Beat Traffic Tickets

From "The Proof of Innocence," a paper by Dimitri Krioukov, a physicist at the University of California (San Diego): According to this post at Physics Central (via Neatorama), Krioukov got a ticket for running a stop sign, and submitted the paper to support…


LTB logo

Rome Still Having Trouble With Gladiators

A few days ago these jokers climbed up on the Colosseum to protest the fines they got for bothering tourists. As you can see, they are sort of dressed like Roman legionaries or gladiators, except for the blue jeans, and…



LTB logo

Swiss Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Nude Hiking

Fed up with repeated incursions by German nacktwanderen (naked hikers), in 2009 a northern Swiss canton passed a law making such hiking illegal. See "New Swiss Law Aims to Halt Invasion of Naked Germans," Lowering the Bar (Apr. 26, 2009). A man…



LTB logo

New Jersey Governor Vetoes “Snooki Subsidy”

Citing budget concerns and the harm he says the show does to New Jersey's image, on Monday Governor Chris Christie vetoed an extension of the $420,000 tax credit that Jersey Shore has been getting from the state. The credit has apparently…


LTB logo

Give Back Davy Crockett’s Marriage License, Court Demands

There are a couple of good lessons here, one of which is: don't go on Antiques Roadshow with something unless you are one hundred percent sure it belongs to you. Margaret Smith showed up on that program in 2006 with…


LTB logo

House Bravely Takes No Action at All on Libya

The headline on this New York Times item is "House Sends Obama Message With Libya Votes." That message: "we are completely ineffectual blowhards." First, the House failed to pass Joint Resolution 68, which would have authorized the use of armed force…