Category Archives: Whimsical Wednesday

Checking the Accuracy of a Tweet

last weekend I saw this tweet: Mental Floss Tweet: A motorcyclist injured when he collided with a panther is suing the state of Florida. (via @TheWeek)

Of course I had to know more! I went to the source cited (@TheWeek) and scrolled down to find what they referenced. I found no reference to the tweet on their twitter page. On their website, I searched Florida Panther. The first result was an article titled A Little Warning Would Have Been Nice. The article has a link to an article from WPTV giving me the details I need to find the case.

But case filings are not available online from the Broward County Clerk of Court. so I’ll have to wait until the case is decided. Most likely it will show up in the Florida Law Weekly Supplement, which is available form our subscription database page. If you’ve never used Florida Law Weekly (FLW) or Florida Law Weekly Supplement (FLWS), it can be a bit confusing. At the top of the screen, select which you want; FLW has Florida Supreme Court and District Court of Appeals opinions while FLWS has Florida Circuit Court and County Court opinions. At the top of the page, select which you want. From the next page, below the publication names, select search FLW or FLW Supplement. This will bring you to an advanced search page. A pretty neat way to find cases not normally found in Westlaw or Lexis.

Is a special appointment special or normal?

Well here’s not something you see everyday. The Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, is appealing a Federal District Court’s ruling that Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson will be the next Chief Justice of the Louisiana State Supreme Court. But why are the federal courts involved? Well, Justice Johnson was appointed to the Louisiana State Supreme Court in a special seat, to make up for the “racial gerrymandering” prevalent in the state at the time, in which she served for six years. governor Jindal argues that those six years shouldn’t count as service because it was a special seat. Hmm…what? Here’s  District Court’s Ruling. via

Watch out for wireless parking meters!

A resident of Santa Monica, California alleges in a recent lawsuit against the city that newly installed wireless parking meters are causing her to experience numerous health problems. Some of her claimed ailments include ringing of the ears, tightness in her neck and back, and an ear infection. She has sued the city for a whopping 1.7 billion dollars! The next time you are feeling a little tightness in the neck or your ear is ringing you better check to see if there are any wireless parking meters around.

Famous Legal Case in Various Formats

It all started because I was looking for a funny t-shirt.  Okay, well a t-shirt I think is funny – most lawyers would get the Palsgraf reference anyway.  For those of you who haven’t gotten that far in Torts (or who blocked out all memory of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co.) maybe this Lego reinactment will ring a bell (or a scale, whatever). 

Or maybe seeing it recreated by Peeps is better?  If you don’t like proximate cause, they have one on multiple tortfeasors – Summers v. Tice.

The Beavis and Butthead version doesn’t really explain the case, but is kind of funny.  To really get the case – go to one of the Library’s databases CVN and sign up (it’s free!) to get the edited case, the holding, and an audio you can listen to of the language of the case itself.

Some people are saying Skechers Shape-Ups not so safe!

Who knew wearing Skechers could cause serious injuries? That is the claim made by the Plaintiffs in three lawsuits filed against Skechers USA Inc., Skechers USA Inc., II, and Skechers Fitness Group. Check out this story about the case, which includes links to the the Plaintiffs’ Attorneys website and the Complaint numbers.  You can find the Federal case filings by using PACER, the government’s Federal cased locator database.

Jack Daniels goes soft?

Jack Daniels is an American whiskey known as hard alcohol. It was founded in 1875 and is currently the best selling whiskey in the world.  Every bar has a bottle of Jack on its shelf (as well as many homes). You would think the venerable company would take a hard line when they see their beloved trademark being misrepresented as a book cover for a local author. Apparently not.  Jack Daniels attorney Christy Susman wrote what some are calling the nicest cease and desist letter ever. In the letter Ms. Susman actually wishes the pilfering author the best of luck in his future writing efforts in addition to asking (nicely) that the book cover is changed for future printings. But the kicker is when Ms. Susman actually offers to help defray the costs of book cover changes. Just goes to show that a nice letter goes a long way. You can read the letter in its entirety here:

Stein Suit (+Subscription)

In only two days, Musikfest will begin in Bethlehem, PA.

Billed as the “nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival,” Musikfest – put on by ArtsQuesta non-profit organization that celebrates arts and culture – boasts an extensive lineup of acts performing for free, including Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (video), Royal Southern Brotherhood (video), and Scott Pine and the Conifers (video) among many others.

In the past, people who attended Musikfest commemorated the experience with a stein purchase. For only $69.99, people were offered the opportunity to own a piece of music memorabilia, manufactured in Germany, that could be passed down through the generations.

Instead, according to former ArtsQuest employee Rebecca Stoneback, those steins were actually made in China!

If you can’t trust the music-festival vendor selling you a beer stein for $70, who can you really trust?

Stoneback has now filed two lawsuits against ArtsQuest in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Allentown) in connection with this alleged deception and her firing (5:12-cv-03286-MMB & 5:12-cv-03287-JKG).

Here in the library, we have a trial subscription to Bloomberg Law, which makes docket searching a breeze. So, if you want to read up on the suit, or just have a demonstration of how to do that research, contact the Reference Desk (web form or (904) 680-7612) and we’d be happy to help you.

Tip o’ the hat to Alanna Byrne at Inside Counsel, Strange Lawsuits, from July 25, 2012 for spreading the word about the Stein Scam.

Flying Books and More. . .

Good luck to the students with exams this week! 

Whether you are taking the bar or finishing up summer classes, you can, finally, allow yourself to enjoy the rest of the summer.  Though most of you probably feel that you cannot relax until you have your results in your hand and know without a doubt that you have passed, remember that there really is nothing you can do to expedite this process. 

What you can do, however, is to take your mind away from your exams and results by doing fun activities. One such activity is watching movies like this one that won the Academic Award for Best Short Film in February 2012: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Described by some as an “allegory on the curative powers of the story,” this movie takes a whimsical look at how books can make a difference in your life–something my librarian soul agrees with wholeheartedly!!