Friday Links


Above, you’ll find the cover of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #23, published not so long ago in the halcyon days of 1990. We’re not entirely certain what is occurring here on the cover, but with the exclamation “Lawyers!” prominently displayed thereupon, our curiosity is piqued. The description from Comicvine is not particularly helpful (at least to us):

Onyx the dwarf owes a debt to the mysterious Lawyers and not even the mighty wizard Khelben and the Lord of Waterdeep himself, Peirgeiron, may be able to help him. This is an adventure that may take the Invincible One to the very Gates of Hell! 

The lawyers must be rather formidable if even the mighty wizard Khelben may not be of assistance right?

Radiohead’s album, The Bends, was released 20 years ago today. It features “Fake Plastic Trees,” a nearly perfect rock song.

You can now find the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions online. Click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. We’re at @GWBLawfirm.

Friday Links


Above, you’ll find the cover of Star Trek #6, published way, way back in 1969. Depicted is Mr. Spock, the first officer of the Enterprise, and one of the most popular characters in the Star Trek universe. As you know, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock, passed away last week at the age of 83. He will be missed.

Is it really March already? At least this gives us an excuse to revisit Michael Penn’s album, March.

Come say hello to us on Twitter! We’re at @GWBLawfirm!

Our favorite legal tweet of the week:

Friday Links


Above, you’ll find the cover to Spectacular Spider-Man #150, published back in the good old days of 1989. On the cover, we see Daily Bugle editor Joseph “Robbie” Robertson in court. Things do not appear to be going well for him (and we’re somewhat surprised that the judge is determining his guilt rather than a jury of his peers). We may need to track down this issue and learn a bit more about this trial and how Spider-Man reacts to it.

Oh, and yes, we’ll be watching the new season of “House of Cards” this weekend. Who else is watching? No spoilers!

Our favorite tweet of late comes from our own Stuart Mauney, who offers the gem below. (You know, once of these days, we’ll have to do a blog post listing all of GWB’s lawyers who maintain Twitter accounts.).

Friday Links


So, above is the cover of City of Heroes #6, published not so long ago in 2004. You may recall that back in August of last year we showed you the cover of issue #5, which begins the “Jury Duty” storyline in this comic book series. The cover depicts the hero Apex, who had previously received a jury summons in the preceding issue. But how does a superhero receive a jury summons? How would the relevant governmental entity know where to serve a summons upon the hero (or that the hero in question was from the proper jury pool)? Further, if the summons itself was addressed to the real name of the hero who calls himself Apex, why then did he show up to the courthouse in costume? These are good questions.

Friend of the blog Tamara Tabo recently appeared on MSNBC’s “The Docket” in order to discuss her recent piece in Above The Law about the legal implications of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In fact, in an email, she gave us some grief (perhaps well deserved) for not including a link to her post in our own similar blog entry earlier this week. Well, we remedy that error here! To watch the MSNBC segment, please click here.

We were saddened to hear of the loss of former Baylor Law School professor Matt Dawson, who passed away this week at age 98. Information on his life can be found here. He was also instrumental in making Baylor Law’s famed Practice Court program what it is today.

In case you missed it, our own Howard Boyd authored his first blog entry this week. Check it out here if you have not before.

Friday Links


So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, we direct you to the above comic book cover, that of Donald Duck and the Valentine’s Day Hitch #1, published in 2013. Here’s the plot summary from the always reliable Comicvine website:

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and Donald Duck is in trouble: he is having a hard time writing a romantic card to Daisy! For inspiration, Donald decides to use an old Valentine’s Day card that he wrote many years before…for someone else!

If that’s Donald’s plan, we suspect that hijinks will ensue.

By the way, in addition to Valentine’s Day Eve, it’s also Friday The 13th. This seems appropriate.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Hospitality Law Conference this past week in Houston, Texas. We were pleased to be there.

Are you following us on Twitter? If not, why not? Click here and drop us a line to let us know how we’re doing.


Friday Links


As we previously mentioned, we here at Abnormal Use are in Las Vegas this week for the DRI Products Liability Conference. Accordingly, we present you with the cover of Godzilla #9, published way, way back in 1978. As you can see, Godzilla is not too please with Las Vegas, and you know the city is in trouble when the comic book storyline is titled “Last Gamble in Las Vegas.

By the way, you can read up on the Products Liability Conference by searching the #DRIProducts hashtag on Twitter.

Spoiler Alert: Next week, we will be at the Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. If you see us, say hello!

Well, I guess we’re going to have to watch “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel spin-off featuring Walter White’s infamous attorney, Saul Goodman. Let us know your thoughts, if any, when and if you watch it.

Friday Links


Although we’ve previously written about Lou Reed’s Mistrial album, we were previously unfamiliar with this bootleg, Lou Reed On Trial . . . (which notes that it was “as recorded by his lawyer.”) You can read a bit more about this album over at Discogs (a valuable site for those obsessed with music and rare albums). It was recorded live in Philadelphia in 1989, apparently, and of course, he played the song “Mistrial” at the concert in question. Sadly, we here at Abnormal Use were never able to see Lou Reed live. Alas.

On a somewhat related music note, we missed the fortieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. A fantastic album, that. (Hat Tip: Ben Dungan).

Here’s an interesting article from Connectivity: “How to Live-Tweet a Conference.” As you’ll soon see, this may come in handy.

Well, since Google Fiber is apparently coming to North Carolina, we’ll have to start reading the Google Fiber Blog. (Hat Tip: Erik Mazzone).

Two weeks from today, on February 13, 2015, the Charlotte School of Law’s Law Review is sponsoring a symposium entitled “For Your Eyes Only: Where Privacy Ends and the Law Begins.” For more information on that event (including the ripped from the headlines program agenda), click here.

Our favorite tweet of the week is from our editor:

Friday Links


What is happening on the cover of Action Comics Annual #3, published not so long ago in 1991? Apparently, Superman ran for President of the United States and won! (We wonder if he had any primary opponents.). Well, for more information on the plot of this fateful issue, we once again turn to ComicVine:

Waverider decides Superman is too powerful not to look into his future again. This time he sees a future where Superman has run for President and won. While in office, he is able to bring peace to the world. upon announcing to his superhero colleagues that the world is going to disarm all nuclear weapons, starting with America, Guy Gardner calls him a traitor and attacks him. During the battle, Superman is able to take control of Guy Gardner’s power ring, and after taking Gardner into custody, the other Green Lanterns from Earth offer to let Superman keep the ring. Waverider watches as Superman turns it down citing power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Seeing this makes Waverider realize Superman would never become the Monarch, so he decides to never bother Superman again.

Deciding never to bother Superman again sounds like a good idea. We wonder how Superman achieved disarmament and whether it was the same approach he took in the 1987 film, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. See here for that method:



Ah, 1987. Those were the days.

In case you missed it, the City of Charlotte, North Carolina may be loosening its food truck regulations. For more on that story, see here.

Since this is a products liability blog, we must ask: Are any of you, our dear readers, planning to attend the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas next month?

Finally, here’s our favorite tweet of late (authored by South Carolina lawyer Kirsten Small):

Friday Links


If you’ve not seen the legal comedy, From The Hip, you need to do so immediately. A fun relic of the 1980’s, it was written, in part, by David E. Kelley, who would go on to create TV’s “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal.” Let’s just say that the protagonist, played by Judd Nelson, could not get away with most of his antics in a real courtroom.

Claims the writer Jesse Singal: “You’ll Be Less Stressed If You Check Your Email Less Frequently.” Is that supposed to be a good thing? How can one check email less frequently? Is that even possible? Why would one want to venture out into the world when one might risk missing an email?

Vinyl alert: If you’re in South Carolina tomorrow, you may want to visit the Greenville Record Fair.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to the fact that the Greenville County Bar Association has now joined Twitter. Behold:

Friday Links


Well, we’ve got one more holiday themed comic book cover for you, and that’s Mickey Mouse Magazine #28 which, as you can see, celebrates the new year. How curious to think that this comic book is nearly 80 years old. We wonder what readers will think of this blog eight decades from now. Hopefully, there will be throngs of graduate students poring over our prose. We’ll wait see if that comes to be. Surely it will, right?

By the way, we ran our very first edition of “Friday Links” five years ago yesterday. See how far we’ve come by clicking here.

And back in 2013, we posted this list of songs related to the new year.

In case you missed it, here are the “Top 10 Legal Grounds Stories of 2014” as recounted by Daniel Taylor of Findlaw’s Legal Grounds blog.

FYI: Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court published its annual order on Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments. For the full order, please see here.