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UPDATE: Pirate Joe’s Prevails … For Now

NPR reports that a federal judge in Seattle has dismissed Trader Joe's suit against Pirate Joe's (now "_irate Joe's," at least temporarily) and its owner, Mike Hallatt. As you may recall, Hallatt's operation involves driving to the U.S. from Vancouver,…


“Trust Us,” They Said, With a Straight Face

Well, this is a hoot: Uh, how about no? According to Bruce Schneier, who is right a lot: As Edward Snowden's documents reveal more about the NSA's activities, it's becoming clear that we can't trust anything anyone official says about these programs…. Both…




“Darwin Made It Up,” Says Unevolved Representative

From a McClatchy News report today on a recent development, or rather lack of development, in Kentucky: Another committee member, Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said he had a problem with evolution being an important part of biology standards. "The theory…


The Odd Law Project Page

In addition to reporting strange legal news, I try to collect stuff like the opinions in the Case Law Hall of Fame (see also Comical Case Names, Noteworthy Court Orders and Useful Pleadings). My new [update: not that new] project is to collect odd, dumb and/or unnecessary…


Jury in Hot-Dog-Flinging Case Finds in Favor of Team

The Kansas City Star reports that a jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the case brought by a man who claimed the Royals’ mascot, “Sluggerrr,” had negligently thrown a hot dog into his eye in 2009. See “Dog-Flinging Mascot Blamed…


Denver Citizens to Vote on Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission

Here's an important ballot initiative that voters in Denver will be considering on Tuesday: Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an Initiated Ordinance to require the creation of an extraterrestrial affairs commission to help ensure the…


Starbuds

This was filed in May: Starbuds Cannabis Club Collective; Mark Gustely v. County of Sonoma, No. SCV247427 (filed May 24, 2010) Petition for writ of mandate. The defendant has forced the closure of a patients' marijuana collective, plaintiff Starbuds, where…


Case Law Hall of Fame

Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp. (S.D. Tex. 2001) (“Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact . . . to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that…