Friday Links


Above, you’ll find the cover of Aquaman #21, published not so long ago in 2013. As you can see, Aquaman is having a bit of difficulty trekking through a snowstorm. We’re not fans of Aquaman, actually. But this cover is relevant, of course, because of the arrival of the snowpocalypse. In fact, due to the inclement weather conditions in North Carolina and the Upstate South Carolina area, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. have closed our Charlotte and Greenville offices today, Friday, January 22. All other GWB offices (Columbia and Charleston) will remain open and operate on a normal schedule.

Rest in peace, Glenn Frey.

Don’t forget that the reboot of “The X-Files” arrives this weekend. Brace yourself for disappointment.

Our favorite legal tweet of late concerns a warning label:

Friday Links

What a week. First, we lose David Bowie, and then, Alan Rickman. We here at Abnormal Use are fans of both of those talented artists, and we mourn their loss. A sad week for music and film.

The website Charlotte Beer turned five this week. We congratulate its author, Daniel Hartis, on this occasion. We’ve interviewed Daniel twice, once in 2013, and again in 2014.

No, we have not yet watched “Making A Murderer.”

Our favorite legal tweet of the week involves syrup. Make certain you spell it correctly.

Friday Links

So, above, you’ll find the cover of Blade Runner #1, published way, way back in 1982. As you probably know, this issue is an adaptation of the film released that year directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. Why do we choose that cover today? Well, as you may remember, Ford plays Deckard, whose job as a blade runner is to pursue and kill replicants, cybernetic organisms which look just like adult humans. Rutger Hauer plays Roy Batty, a replicant hunted by Deckard. In the film, released 33 years ago, Batty’s “creation date” was January 8, 2016. That’s today.

Also, in case you weren’t aware, David Bowie released a new album today. It’s eerie.

Is anyone else going to the 6th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium at Duke Law next week?

Our favorite legal tweet of late concerns, of course, hot coffee warnings:

New Year’s Day


Here’s Father Time again, this time on the cover of Strange #6, published way, way back in 1958. We’re thinking of Father Time today, the first day of 2016, which we prefer to think of as the 20th anniversary of 1996. We here at the Abnormal Use law blog and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. wish you a happy new year. To our lawyer readers, we say, try not to bill any time today! Spend it with your family and friends!

Christmas Links


We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. wish you and your family a very merry Christmas. Above, you’ll find the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #314, published way, way back in the halcyon days of 1989. We’re proud of this discovery, as it is both a legally themed and a Christmas appropriate comic book cover. Who knew? In fact, the cover itself proclaims: “Peter and Mary Jane Evicted! — Just in Time For Christmas!”

Since this is technically an edition of Friday Links, we have a few thoughts in this brief Christmas post.

First, Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie.

Today is as good a day as any to revisit Stuart Mauney’s immortal 2011 post, “Lawsuit of the Day: Grandma’s Estate v. Santa and His Reindeer.” Our Nick Farr has also written a few classic Christmas blog posts, including 2012’s “Christmas: ‘Tis the Season of Torts?” and 2011’s “I Must Now Sue Santa.” And don’t forget our post on the favorite Christmas movies of the Abnormal Use writers!

Friday Links


So, anyone see any good movies lately? We wonder how many lawyers – or others – mysteriously failed to appear at work today due to the release of a certain new movie. No spoilers! To celebrate the occasion, though, we recommend that you revisit the 2002 article, “The Case for Empire,” in which the writer, Jonathan V. Last, attempts to explain why the Empire is actually a force for good and the rebels are agents of evil. While you’re at it, you should also reread our April Fool’s Day joke from 2011, entitled “Star Wars Prequels Unreasonably Dangerous and Defective, South Carolina Federal Court Finds.” And, of course, go see the new movie. We’re wondering how long we should wait before commenting upon the film, as we certainly don’t want to share any details or spoil the experience for anyone. The safest course of action: Wait two years.

Are you following us on Twitter at @GWBLawfirm?

Our favorite legal tweet of late comes from North Carolina:

Friday Links


Okay, it’s just a week now until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we here at Abnormal Use can’t wait to see it. We’re cautiously optimistic, as we were burned by the awfulness of the prequels in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. But the film at least appears to have taken a turn in a different direction. Rest assured, though, if the flip is a dud, we’ll comment.

So, today, at the offices of Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A.., things will be a bit hectic for one simple reason: Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale. As popular culture tasks go, few things are more stressful than attempting to purchase concert tickets at the moment that they go on sale. We have a bit of a tradition here at the firm; many of us are Springsteen fans, and we often see the Boss in concert when he performs nearby (whether it be in Greenville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Atlanta, or elsewhere). Fortunately, this morning, the fans at the firm succeeded in their quest to purchase tickets for the upcoming Atlanta show. If you’re there also, be certain to look for us! (Oh, and by the way, be certain to revisit this March 2012 post and this June 2011 post in which we talk about the firm’s experiences at a Springsteen concerts.).

Our legal tweet of the week concerns legal networking and Twitter:

Friday Links


It’s December, which means we are now only a few weeks from the release of the new Star Wars film. We here at Abnormal Use remain excited about the release of the film. Above, you’ll find the cover of Star Wars #107, published way, way back in 1986. One of us here at the blog remembers buying that issue off the newsstands that year. How about that?

We just released that January heralds the sixth anniversary of the Abnormal Use law blog. That’s a lot of years writing these posts. We can’t believe it, to be honest. Can you?

How many of you visited your local federal district court’s website to investigate new local rule amendments due to the revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure? By the way, we’re thinking about printing t-shirts which proclaim, “I survived the 2015 Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”

By the way, Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. has been ranked in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers regionally in 22 practice areas.

Are you following us on Twitter? If not, you can do so here! Don’t be afraid to send us a tweet.

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We here at Abnormal Use are enjoying our Thanksgiving holiday, and we hope that you, dear readers, are doing the same. Above, in the spirit of the occasion, you’ll find the cover of Scooby-Doo! #114, published not so long ago in 2007. It appears that our heroes, Scooby and Shaggy, are having an eventful Turkey Day, wouldn’t you say?

We’ve been watching “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix. You may recall Daredevil as the comic book superhero who is a lawyer by day and vigilante hero by night. We’ve written about him a few times over the years in light of his connection to the legal profession. The new television show is interesting, but its depiction of BigLaw is a bit off. Apparently, Daredevil, whose real name is Matt Murdock, and his law partner, Foggy Nelson, worked as “interns” at a large New York City firm before starting their own shop. If the timing of the episodes is to be believed, they graduated from law school, worked as “interns,” awaited promotion to become full associates at the big firm, and then quit before becoming associates. Is this how NYC firms operate these days?

In case your counting, it’s now left than a month until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Congratulations to the new members of the ABA Journal‘s Blawg Hall of Fame. We made that list in 2014.

Friday Links


Take a look at the comic book cover above – that of Destroyer Duck #1, published way, way back in 19812. It appears to be a straightforward depiction of action and violence, right? But what caught our eye was the “Special Lawsuit Benefit Edition” language emblazoned across the top of the cover. We don’t know anything about that, but we are certainly going to look into it.

Over at the Litigation and Trial blog, Max Kennerly offers a post called “All About Objecting To The Form Of A Question At A Deposition.” There are some cases on this issue which you may not have seen. Once you’ve read Max’s new post, you may want to revisit this piece from our own archives.

We have some good news. Bruce Springsteen will apparently be the musical guest for “Saturday Night Live” on December 19.

Our favorite legal tweet of late comes from our friend Keith Lee of the Associate’s Mind blog. In it, he remarks upon the current state of law blogs. (Speaking of Keith, he has updated his Social Media Subpoena Guide, which you can access here).