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« Reply #60 on: May 08, 2007, 01:14:28 am »
Well, the biggest benefit of wearing kilt-like garments is that it's easier to show other people  your behind. Now, the reason why the Greek do it is different than why the Scots do it, though.
 

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« Reply #61 on: May 09, 2007, 10:53:59 am »
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That's why I called it wikiality.


I'm probably dating myself here, but I saw wikiality and thought about Mortal Kombat 2....


P.S. No, not the movie.
 

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« Reply #62 on: May 09, 2007, 01:53:41 pm »
Okay, risking the collective disdain of Werekoala, Spike, and Blue Devil I'm going to admit that I'm a lawyer just for purposes of adding a few minor details to the debate.  You are right that both ATLA and Overlawyer have agendas in their respective reporting.  ATLA is a club of trial lawyers, the vast majority of which are plaintiff lawyers, and Overlawyer is obviously on the tort reform side (as am I actually).  Still, the facts they presented were taken from court documents and were generally accurate.

The problem in these lawsuits IMO is that juries look at a sympathetic and badly injured older woman and then figure that McDonald's is a big evil corporation that can afford to give her money.  The decision shouldn't have been who has the most money, it should have been who was negligent.  Personally, having read the briefs on this case I think that McDonald's was only slightly negligent at best but unfortunately even 1% negligence will get you an award under New Mexico law.   Fortunately in this case at least the jury did acknowledge that she was partially at fault (20%) and the court further reduced the damages awarded on post trial motion.  All in all, she ended up with $640,000, of which half went to attorneys fees and costs.

The pants case on the other hand is ludicrous.  This clown isn't going to get emotional damages on a simple property damage claim and he is perverting the whole intent of the consumer protection laws and IMO should be sanctioned by the bar for filing a frivilous claim.

As for Werekoala's contempt for all lawyers, please keep in mind that there are probably only the same percentage of fucktards in the legal profession as in other lines of work, the only difference is that the bad lawyers can do more damage and unfortunately the greedy idiots get more press.  To be fair I know many good lawyers who would never file a frivilous claim and have turned down such cases.  Sadly, I've defended against cases that are worse than both of these.

Sorry for interrupting the kilt and schoolgirl chat for a boring legal monologue, please continue.
 

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« Reply #63 on: May 09, 2007, 02:14:52 pm »
See?  See?  Fucking bastard lawyers interrupting out schoolgirl/kilt discussion...
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« Reply #64 on: May 09, 2007, 02:27:48 pm »
Well Grimjack, as long as you aren't a RULES lawyer I guess I can forgive you... this time. ;)
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« Reply #65 on: May 09, 2007, 02:47:24 pm »
No rules lawyerin here.  Just Runequest...houseruled as God intended.

To be honest, I hate lawyers too.  That is why I became one...I got pissed off at the "I'm better than you because I went to law school" attitude.

And by all means, let's go back to the school girl/kilt discussion.
 

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« Reply #66 on: May 09, 2007, 03:45:28 pm »
No personal animosity, Grim. I only hate you when you're at work. :)

Thank you for confirming the facts I linked to were accurate, despite the "bias" of the source.
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« Reply #67 on: May 10, 2007, 08:07:22 am »
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No personal animosity, Grim. I only hate you when you're at work. :)

Thank you for confirming the facts I linked to were accurate, despite the "bias" of the source.


I only hate me when I'm at work too. :mad: I would rather be gaming.  No offense taken, I wouldn't even have reported you for a personal attack over at TBP. :D  Besides, your avatar reminds me of my son's favorite stuffed Koala.....

As far as confirming the accuracy of your facts, my pleasure. Both sites quoted were accurate, they just argued the same facts from two different sides and there is nothing wrong with that.
 

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« Reply #68 on: June 19, 2007, 08:16:24 am »
Apologies for the thread necro but in case you missed the update on this clusterfuck of a case, the embarrassment to the legal community of a "Judge" who filed this bogus suit (no pun intended) may be out of a job soon.  I'm not good at linking so I just copied part of the story below:

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The boss of Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge whose $54 million pants lawsuit has turned the D.C. legal system into a punch line on late-night talk shows, has recommended that the city deny Pearson another term on the bench, D.C. government sources said Thursday.

In a letter to the three-person commission that will decide whether Pearson gets reappointed, District of Columbia Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone T. Butler said Pearson does not deserve a 10-year term to the post, which pays more than $100,000 a year.

“My sense is that the commission will not reappoint him,” a D.C. government source said.

Butler’s letter reverses his previous recommendation in support of Pearson that he sent to the commission before the pants suit case gained worldwide notoriety.