Friday Links

  • We are quite saddened to report that the very final episode of TV’s “Lost” airs this coming Sunday. We here at Abnormal Use (particularly myself and contributor Mary Giorgi) are big fans of the show. In fact, we simply must mention that we once met the actor who plays Locke immediately after, of all things, a firm function. The picture above was taken by yours truly, just over a year ago, on May 12, 2009, right here in Greenville, South Carolina, at the Lazy Goat restaurant. Terry O’Quinn, who plays John Locke on “Lost,” was at the same restaurant, which was also playing host to a firm recruiting event. The picture, of course, features O’Quinn and Giorgi (who insists that I tell you that she is only wearing a name tag because it was a firm function). O’Quinn said at the time that he was in town to play golf. Here’s the best part: We met him the day before the Season 5 finale, “The Incident,” aired. How about that? Goodbye “Lost.” We will miss you.
  • This week, our own Fourth Circuit released In re: Abrams & Abrams, P.A., No. 09-1283 (4th Cir. May 18, 2010), a very interesting opinion in which an individual was severely injured after his drunk friend ran over him in an automobile. Here’s what happened next: the insurance carrier for the friend’s employer denied coverage and refused to defend the friend. Thus, the friend had to defend himself in the ensuing lawsuit pro se, and eventually, he had a $75 million judgment entered against him when he failed to appear for trial. Ultimately, the insurance company was sued for bad faith. The insurance company later settled that matter for $18 million, but the district court would not approve the one-third contingency fee for the lawyers, awarding instead only 3 percent. The Fourth Circuit reversed, finding that the fee award was too low. Yikes. (You can find the official case brief here.).
  • We have often posted legal themed comic book covers on Fridays (although we’re not doing so today just so you’ll have something to look forward to). But get this: Last week, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported that DC Comics, which has long been in a dispute with the heirs of the creators of Superman, has now sued the attorney of those heirs, suggesting that he provoked his clients into, er, taking actions with which DC Comics apparently disagreed. Not sure how this one is going to pan out, but DC Comics is playing hardball. Actually, suing the attorney seems like something Lex Luthor might do.

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