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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.

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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).

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Whoa. It’s Friday the 13th. Above, you’ll find the cover of Friday The 13th Fearbook #1, published not so long ago in 2006 (and well after the heyday of 1980’s slasher movies). We’ve not read that issue, and to be honest, we don’t plan to. But as you might imagine, there are only so many Friday The 13th pop culture references.

This is your reminder that revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure go into effect on December 1, 2015. You might want to look into that.

In case you had not heard, our own  John E. Cuttino has been named President-Elect of DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI) and will serve as President of DRI beginning October 2016. We congratulate John, and we encourage you to follow him on Twitter at @SCLitigator.

Our favorite legal tweet of the week concerns the perils of law libraries and the like:

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“No matter what the jury decides, the secret empire demands death,” proclaims the cover of Marc Spector: Moon Knight # 17, published way, way back in 1990. That doesn’t sound like something you would find in the pattern jury instructions, does it? We do suppose, though, that if your name is Marc Spector then you are somehow destined to become a cryptic superhero.

Congratulations to our own Ron Tate, who was recently chosen to receive the Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) Thomas N. Bagnal Associate of the Year award. If you’re not already following Ron on Twitter, here’s your chance.

Speaking of social media, don’t forget that you can follow Abnormal Use on Facebook! Click here to do so.

Our favorite legal tweet of late concerns the famous monkey copyright case. Enough said:

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Happy Halloween, dear readers! To celebrate, we direct you to comic book cover above, that of Batman #237, published way, way back in 1971. “A Haunting Halloween Novel,” the cover proclaims the issue to be as we bear witness to Batman and Robin battling the Reaper. We’d actually never seen this comic book cover before today, and we must confess that we’re a bit curious about it. Presumably, though, Batman and Robin prevailed, as we know the comic book series continued with them. I suppose we should offered a spoiler alert for that?

We must confess that we adore Halloween-themed popular culture. Five years ago, way back in 2010, a few Abnormal Use writers revealed their favorite scary movies. See here to revisit that piece. Our editor, Jim Dedman, wrote as follows:

The scariest movie I’ve seen would be, of course, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, although that is not the best story I have about a fear-filled work of cinema. In July of 1999, I was a first quarter law student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. That month, I faced one of my first – and most dreaded – finals: Civil Procedure. (That frightful test, written and administered by the now retired Professor Trail, was scary enough.). After enduring that test, I took the rest of the day off, drove to Austin, and saw The Blair Witch Project, then out in theatres for only a few days, at the now defunct Dobie Theatre. Shot in a point of view fashion, the film profiled the misadventures of a group of students who venture out into the Maryland woods to explore the Blair Witch myth. The now defunct Dobie was a small, indie venue, and the particular theatre we were in had less than hundred seats. Imagine seeing that movie in such a place before all the hype and newspaper coverage ruined the original guerrilla style marketing of the film. At that time, there were still people who somehow believe the “found footage” was real. Of course, at the end of the day, I can’t say which was more horrifying, the film or the final.

Meanwhile, writer Nick Farr picked a different film:

Before I saw The Exorcist as a young teenager, I thought I was pretty tough. The Shining was boring. “It” made me laugh. Halloween just left me with a childhood crush on Jamie Lee Curtis. There was something about The Exorcist, however, that affected me in a way that Betsy Palmer (a/k/a Mrs. Pamela Voorhees) yielding a machete simply could not. Maybe if Michael Myers would have spun his head around backwards, Halloween would have been more to me than a breakthrough performance for another Hollywood starlet. Maybe if Pennywise the Clown would have crab-walked down a flight of stairs, I would not have thought of “It” as an adult-sized Bozo. Even today, when I reminisce about Regan walking into that party and innocently proclaiming, “You’re going to die up there,” chills run down my spine, and those feelings I felt seventeen years ago are resurrected. Tonight, I better sleep with the holy water.

Stay safe during your trick or treating this weekend!

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Apparently, this villain depicted on the cover of Superman #314 is “Superman’s Judge, Jury, and Executioner.” That’s troubling. However, we find ourselves more intrigued by the promotion that the reader might find him or herself as an extra in the first Superman movie!

Um, did you see the voir dire depicted on this week’s episode of “Modern Family”? Yikes.

Speaking of pop culture, any thoughts on the new “Star Wars” trailer? After the prequels, we are bracing ourselves for disappointment, although we must confess that we are cautiously optimistic in light of everything we’ve seen to date.

Our favorite tweet of the week involves the law of donuts:

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Supernatural Law #38, and we must confess we dig it. “My case has become such a personal issue for my attorney – she doesn’t even notice I’m disappearing!” exclaims a client facing more than legal issues, it seems. We wonder if any of the ethical bodies of the state bars have addressed the issue of a partially disapparating client.

If you’re in Charlotte next week, you might be interested in a CLE that our editor, Jim Dedman, has planned for the Mecklenburg County Bar. It’s called “Bitcoin Basics for Lawyers,” and you can find the program and registration information here. If you’ve ever wondered about the nature of and law governing this cryptocurrency, there’s no better time to learn how it might affect your practice.

We tend to agree with this writer that emojis are ruining civilization. Any thoughts, dear readers?

Our favorite legal tweet of late is from our own Stuart Mauney, who congratulates our own John Cuttino:

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We hope everyone is having a good time at the DRI Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this week. We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. have quite the contingent of representatives there, including our editor, Jim Dedman, as well as GWB lawyers John T. Lay, Gray Culbreath, Stephanie Flynn, Ron Wray, and John Cuttino. Say hi if you see us! And don’t forget that Jim is speaking on the McDonald’s hot coffee case this afternoon!

Who has seen The Martian? Has anyone confirmed Mat Damon’s character’s space law analysis? We may need to have one of our contributors investigate that monologue.

Our legal tweet of the week is an important one:

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Well, it’s October, so we would remind everyone to listen to U2’s October to celebrate. Not too long ago, a gaggle of our attorneys trekked from Greenville, South Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia to see U2 perform live in concert at the Georgia Dome. How’s that for firm culture?

Our own Nick Farr had an opinion piece run in the Greenville News today. Here is the first paragraph:

It often appears as if we live in a divided world. Whether it be television, radio or social media, stories of conflict and division are at the forefront. Every report seemingly draws a line in the sand, asking us to choose a side while the creation of the “us” versus “them” mentality breeds the conflict necessary for the next big news store. And, so the cycle continues.

For the rest of the article, please see here.

You know, we’ve heard about the McDonald’s hot coffee exhibit at Ralph Nader’s new museum. We are investigating.

Our favorite legal tweet of late: