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.

Friday Links


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).

Friday Links


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:

Friday Links


“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:

Scary Links


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!

Friday Links


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: