Friday Links


So this weekend is Valentine’s Day. Yikes. We’re not quite certain what to say about that dilemma. However, above, you’ll find the cover of A Year Of Marvels: February Infinite Comic #1, published this very week! Why is Spider-Man carrying a box of chocolates as he fights the Vulture? That seems imprudent.

According to the film Ghostbusters II, the world will end this Sunday, February 14, 2016. Click here for the scene in question.

Our legal tweet of the week is self explanatory:

Friday Links

Well, the Super Bowl will be held this coming Sunday, and since we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. maintain an office in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can imagine that we are excited about the prospects of the Panthers. How about that Cam Newton, eh? So, yes, we’ll be watching the game, perhaps even tweeting about it here and there, enjoying it all the while. Keep Pounding!

Our favorite tweet of the week, of course, is also Panthers related:

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How about those Carolina Panthers, eh? To celebrate the Panthers earning a spot in the Super Bowl, we’ve featured the cover of NFL SuperPro Super Bowl Special #1, published way, way back in the halcyon days of 1991. We have no idea what sort of marketing stunt Marvel Comics and the NFL were attempting here, but behold it in all of its glory.

We must confess that we’re a bit envious of legal comedy blogger Kevin Underhill, who writes at the very funny Lowering The Bar site. John Cleese responded to one of his tweets? Can you believe that? If you don’t believe us, please click here.

Rest in peace, Abe Vigoda. Let’s all watch Tessio’s final scene to honor the late actor.

Our favorite tweet of late is both law and football related:

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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:

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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!

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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:

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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: