Friday Links

  • We recently realized that most newly minted lawyers are now too young to remember watching “L.A. Law” when it originally aired back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is sad news. How is it that a practicing lawyer can be unaware of the fictional exploits of the McKenzie Brackman firm? Was it that long ago in the past when the show left the airwaves in 1994? Was it that many years ago that the Rosalind Shays character perished by falling down an elevator shaft? So, what can we do but commemorate this program by sharing with you the cover of Mad Magazine #274, published way back in 1987? (An aside: One of the writer contributors of this blog actually bought this issue off the newsstand back in ’87, but we’re not going to tell you which one of us it was so as to protect the innocent.).

  • You know, we here at Abnormal Use are usually unsympathetic to folks trying to get out of jury duty, but we think this may be the best excuse we’ve ever heard.
  • Eric Goldman of the Technology & Marketing Law Blog directs us to a new federal case from Nevada in which the court found that the republication of a newspaper article in its entirety was fair use under the particular circumstances of the case. We hope that new jurisprudence doesn’t apply to Abnormal Use posts in their entirety. Eek.
  • Check out Just Enrichment, a new legal blog. Interesting stuff. (Hat tip: Volokh).
  • Ruthann Robson of the Constitutional Law Prof Blog alerts us to an interesting footnote about music criticism from a 1989 dissent by Justice Marshall. That still doesn’t top the Fifth Circuit Talking Heads opinion, though. But then again, what possibly could?
  • This new Georgia suit might be the most interesting suit you read about this week.

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