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May 6, 2013

LAW IS COMPLICATED. EVEN MEDIATING IS COMPLICATED.

There is a nasty rumor out there that lawyers are not popular people.  The most some people will give us is that we are a necessary […]
May 5, 2013

WHY PEOPLE VOTE

In this day and age of rather polarized politics, supporters of each side have been heard to wonder just what those who voted for the other […]
April 30, 2013

INSTANT GRATIFICATION

A person or company who knows that they disagree with another about the meaning of a legal document may think they are in a bind.  How, […]
April 28, 2013

A NEW KIND OF CHARACTER EVIDENCE

In many trials, the question comes up as to when and how to introduce “character evidence,” which is to say evidence that this or that person is a […]
April 24, 2013

APPELLATE INTRICACIES

As I noted in a previous post, appellate law has its unique intricacies and technicalities.  As such, bringing an appeal in a family-law case will be […]
April 23, 2013

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Poaching of African wildlife remains a problem, fueled by appetite for illegal products in Asia, especially China and Thailand.  The United States, like many other countries, is […]
April 21, 2013

VEGETABLE WARS

Amateurs of reality TV may have heard of Storage Wars, Shipping Wars, or Parking Wars.  The increasing interest in vegetable gardens and other homegrown, healthy goodies […]
April 16, 2013

OF GUNS AND THE LAW

Congress’ consideration of a gun control law, along with several states passing stricter laws on the topic, has garnered many hours of newscast and probably hundreds […]
April 15, 2013

DUMB LAWSUITS

A couple of weeks ago we posted a Sunday Funny about dumb laws. It should be only fair to also write about dumb lawsuits and show that we […]
April 10, 2013

INTERNATIONAL TANGLES

It has become a cliché to say that we live in a global economy.  Yet we do.  A simple trip to the supermarket or a big-box […]
April 7, 2013

BLAME THE CLOWNS

It is not uncommon, while driving down a busy thoroughfare, to see someone dancing madly at the side of the road, brandishing a colorful arrow or […]
April 5, 2013

IN THE GOVERNMENT WE TRUST?

It does not take a lawyer to see that the administrative state is a pervasive presence in our lives.  The alphabet soup of federal and state […]
April 3, 2013

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS – IT’S GOOD TO BE KING

You have to admire the British ability to tell it like it is.  Late in 2010, the English equivalent to our SEC shut down, and froze […]
March 31, 2013

DUMB LAWS

Like California, Florida’s constitution is easy to amend – too easy sometimes.  It takes relatively few signatures for an initiative to make it on the ballot.  […]
March 26, 2013

THREE TAX GUYS – AN ILLUSTRATION

Some time ago I published a post explaining that businesses (or individuals for that matter) may well need three tax guys depending on the circumstances.  The […]
March 24, 2013

THE INSANITY, I TELL YOU, THE INSANITY

The putative heir left out of a will may easily exclaim how the recently deceased must have been insane.  Yet the bar to prove that a […]
March 22, 2013

ATTORNEYS’ FEES ROLLER-COASTER

In the U.S. justice system, each side pays its own attorney.  This is unlike most countries in Continental Europe, for example, where the loser pays the […]
March 17, 2013

HOW HIGH CAN YOU GO?

Frequent watchers of Law and Order might still be hearing that frequent phrase ring in their ears: “On the sole count of the indictment, how do […]
March 15, 2013

DOES THE PRODUCT YOU SOLD HAVE A WARRANTY?

If you sold a tangible product, and no-one said anything about any warranty, you may think that what you sold is not under any sort of […]
March 14, 2013

MEDICAL PRIVACY ENABLED

Every request for a sick leave, every legitimate medical exam for a physically demanding job, any lawful drug test, and so on and so forth, has […]
March 10, 2013

PEOPLE SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Here comes a man telling a judge that he was the victim of racial discrimination, because he was fired after being disciplined, and a co-worker from […]
March 8, 2013

TWO DIRTY WORDS

There should be no two words in the English language more odious to our Republican ideals than “sovereign immunity.”  This doctrine is a relic of old […]
March 3, 2013

I FEEL BETTER NOW

A law firm known for putting out a lot of TV advertising recently had me worried.  In one commercial, someone appears on camera to say something […]
February 28, 2013

IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST…

And no-one is there to hear it fall, does it still make noise? The same can be asked about a lawsuit. Sometimes, one may fairly ponder […]
February 25, 2013

MANAGING LEAVES OF ABSENCE

A couple of tortured opinions from our nation’s courts, combining with the less than artful way in which Congress sometimes writes the country’s laws, has combined […]
February 24, 2013

THERE WAS ONCE…

There was once a young lady Living the life at University Who set out to rent, for a party, A party bus, big and shiny.   […]
February 22, 2013

CHOOSE WISELY

Say you run a business. Say too that one of your employees takes computer data without  authorization and later uses it against you to compete unfairly.  Let’s […]
February 18, 2013

THAT UNCOMMON COMMON SENSE AGAIN

Our last entry, about technicalities, bemoaned that common sense is not as common as one may wish. That entry empathized with two people seeking relief from the […]
February 11, 2013

TECHNICALITIES MATTER

Common sense is not always as common as one may wish. This is particularly true in legal matters. Two Minnesota men who were committed for treatment […]
February 4, 2013

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

We are living in difficult economic times.  Sometimes, companies, especially small and mid-size businesses, go under.  If you are its owner, a high-level employee, or a […]