Friday Links

We here at Abnormal Use long for the days depicted in the above comic book cover when district attorneys and prosecutors faced their most serious duties at the local carnival. Yes, that is the title character, Mr. District Attorney, on the cover of Mr. District Attorney #45, challenging a carnival game. (We think perhaps the D.A. may be making himself a witness, and thereby precluding his role as advocate in the subsequent prosecution, by throwing himself into the field and attempting to thwart the scam as it is being perpetrated.).

Walter Olson reports at Overlawyered that France is outlawing “psychological violence.” We here are not fans of that, but we wonder, in the wake of such a law, how will partners at French law firms attempt to motivate associates?

According to the New York Times ArtsBeat blog, the classic rock band Led Zeppelin is being sued for copyright infringement over its 40 year old song, “Dazed and Confused.” We hope defense counsel in that suit, in pleading its statute of limitations defense, quotes the song itself: “Defendant notes that Plaintiff has “[b]een dazed and confused for so long it’s not true.”

John A Day of the Day on Torts blog reports that the Tennessee Court of Appeals has printed photographs in one of its recent opinions. (Incidentally, just yesterday, Mr. Day remarked upon the suit against Google – brought by a woman who claimed that she walked blindly into traffic after following Google Maps – that we had previously analyzed here.).

Over at the Workplace Prof Blog, Charles A. Sullivan, who apparently represents disgruntled employees, analyzes the source of the term “disgruntled employee” and its usage by defense attorneys. The question: Will defense attorneys become disgruntled upon reading that post?

To all our readers, we wish a safe and fun-filled holiday weekend.

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