Our Favorite Posts of 2016

Now is the time that we, as consumers of media, are inundated with year end best-of lists. So, just as we have done in years past, we here at Abnormal Use have collected our favorite posts of this past year. Looking back over our posts this year, it was difficult to choose our favorites. But, dear readers, the ones we enjoyed the most are linked for you below, along with their author and publication date. So, without further ado, fill yourself with nostalgia, just as we have, and revisit these entries from 2016.

$55 Million Reptilian Verdict in Erin Andrews Peephole Video Trial (Kyle White, March 8, 2016).

In “Game Of Thrones” Litigation, South Carolina State Court Enters Judgment Against George R.R. Martin (Jim Dedman, April 1, 2016).

Snapchat Sued Over Distracted Driving Accident (April 26, 2016).

Snapchat Lawsuit Inspires Inaugural Abnormal Use Field Test (May 9, 2016).

Golden Rule – Treat Everyone Like They Are A Potential Source of Business (Kyle White, May 10, 2016).

Hot Coffee May Be A Carcinogen? (Kyle White, June 20, 2016).

How I Became A Lawyer (Stuart Mauney, June 29, 2016).

Real Lawyers Don’t Cry (Stuart Mauney, July 18, 2016).

Hot Coffee Karma: The Day Was Bound To Happen (August 22, 2016).

Nirvana’s Nevermind: 25 Years of Influence (Nick Farr, September 26, 2016).

Turning Lawyer Life Into Home Life (Nick Farr, October 18, 2016).

Are Litigation Experts Entitled To Prepayment for Depositions? (Kyle White, October 24, 2016).

Friday Links

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope everyone will have a merry and festive holiday weekend! Don’t rush back to the office on Monday! To celebrate, we’ve appended the cover of a 1978 DC Comics special featuring Santa Claus and Rudolph. Who remembers that one?

What did everyone think of Rogue One? Come on, we know you’ve seen it by now.

Don’t forget that you can follow Abnormal Use on Facebook by going here!

Our favorite tweet of late you can find below. It features Charlotte, North Carolina, where we maintain an office, during the holiday season in the 1940’s. Enjoy!

Friday Links

Well, this time next week, we hope to be seeing the new Star Wars film, Rogue One! To celebrate the arrival of the new film, we suggest you revisit our 2011 April Fool’s Day post, “Star Wars Prequels Unreasonably Dangerous and Defective, South Carolina Federal Court Finds.” How’s that for a Friday link?

If you enjoyed Kyle White’s series this week on the Reptile Theory, you might be interested to know that you can read all of his reptile posts from the beginning of time by clicking here.

On a related note, our own Stuart Mauney recently completed a 12 part series on the Twelve Steps for Fulfillment in the Practice of Law. You read all of those posts here.

Over at The Legal Profession Blog, they’ve once again referenced a film by famed director Ingmar Bergman in a post-title. The title in question: “Scenes from a Post-Traditional Marriage.” This isn’t the first time that they’ve made this reference, by the way. Back in June of 2011, we noted that they had referenced the film in an earlier post, as well. Kudos to them!

Friday Links

Our favorite legal story of late: A woman called the police after a man continued to whistle Semisonic’s “Closing Time” after her requests that he refrain from doing so. You remember that song, right? It was inescapable on the radio back in the late 1990’s. But we fail to see how it requires the intervention of law enforcement. More on that here.

Don’t forget that new amendments to the federal rules of civil and appellate procedure took effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. Revisions were also made to the bankruptcy rules and the federal criminal rules, as well. You’d best investigate!

Our favorite legal tweet of the week applies to law as well as general business. Of course, it’s about email etiquette. Enjoy.

Friday Links

We hope you’re enjoying the Thanksgiving holidays! But, in case you needed a Friday Links fix, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a pretty interesting article about an overseas jury noticing a 29 second gap in closed circuit television camera footage -after- the case had been given to them. Apparently, neither the prosecution nor the defense lawyers had noticed the gap, causing a good bit of tumult when the members of the jury inquired about the issue during deliberations.

Beware: Facebook’s app may be draining your phone’s battery more than you might expect. Click here for a bit more information on that report.

Just a few weeks until Rogue One is released! Will you be skipping work a bit early that day to see it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope that you and your family have a happy and eventful Thanksgiving. But not too eventful! Kick back and enjoy the time off! Let the billable work wait until Monday (or, if you simply must return to your desk and duties, until Friday). Although we usually present a comic book cover on holidays such as this, we direct your attention today to our official Thanksgiving card above. We hope you enjoy it, and we will see you in turn after the holidays. Don’t forget to watch some football!

Thanksgiving in 1810 and 2016

Here we are again on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Accordingly, it’s time that we once again direct you to our 2010 Thanksgiving post entitled “Thanksgiving in 1810, 1910, and 2010.” Back then, in our early blogging days, we somehow unearthed a century old magazine article in which the writer, a resident of 1910, looked back 100 years and marveled at the incredible social and technological change that occurred in the previous ten decades. That writer also looked forward to 2010 and briefly speculated how we, as citizens of the 21st century, might look back at those who lived in his era 100 years before. That article struck such a chord with us, and it’s become a Turkey Day tradition for us. So, today, we remind you of it once again and direct you back to it 106 years after its publication. (That neat illustration above – and many others like it – comes directly from the 106 year old article.). Have a look, and let us know what you think.

Friday Links

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We have some news here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A.  We’re very proud of our partners, John E. Cuttino, John T. Lay, Jr., and H. Mills Gallivan, who are currently serving as presidents of DRI, IADC, and FDCC, respectively. All three sitting defense bar presidents, all at one firm. We’re very proud of them, and we wish them the very  best!

Go. See. Arrival. At. The. Theatre. We here at Abnormal Use can’t recommend it enough.

We’re fans of Jeff Richardson, who runs the iPhone J.D. blog. Well, if you updated your iPhone software recently, you might have noticed an annoying new way in which the iPhone’s email organizes your electronic correspondence. Well, if you want to restore your iPhone’s email software to the old way, read Jeff’s article here.

Veterans Day

We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. celebrate the heroism of our nation’s military personnel today, Veterans Day. As we do each year, today, we pause to reflect upon all of the sacrifices made by American servicemen and women and all they have done for the country, both in present times and years past. We thank them for their service and their sacrifices.

Friday Links

Okay, so back in the 1980’s, when we here at Abnormal Use read comic books, we never really acquainted ourselves with Doctor Strange. Well, apparently, this weekend, we can remedy that issue and see the new Marvel film featuring that character. Anyone seen it yet?

Oh, and we heard that there was some baseball played this week. We’re not certain what to say about that.

If you’re on Twitter, be certain to investigate the brand new #PracticeTuesday hashtag for tips on appellate practice and more.

Our favorite legal tweet of the week is a real gem: