Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sucker punch

Jeffrey Stern, Esq. of New Jersey law firm Stern Law LLC reports on a recent decision of a Pennsylvania court (Gallagher v. Urbanovich, No. 2010 – 33418, C.P. Mont. Co. Feb. 27, 2012) where the judge allowed a man claiming he was sucker-punched during a work-sponsored soccer game to investigate the Facebook page of his alleged… Read More »

Deepwater rafting

This short post contains something new and something not quite so new! In the “not quite so new” corner, The Times reports (April 25th 2012) that a BP engineer has been charged with allegedly trying to destroy evidence about the true scale of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The interestingly named Kurt Mix is alleged… Read More »

Academia meets the real world

Talking to Patrick Burke of Guidance Software recently I learned that he is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Apart from being Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel at Guidance, Patrick gives of his time to teach law students about the delights of e-discovery. It must be… Read More »

E-cigarettes can be bad for you..

I was drawn to the case of the unfortunate Tom Holloway (no relation I assure you) of Niceville, Florida by the headline in “E-Cigarette Blows Up in Florida Man’s Mouth…” Poor Tom was smoking an electronic cigarette at home when it exploded in his mouth, knocking out his teeth and part of his tongue and causing a… Read More »

The wood for the trees

If you become so caught up in the smallest detail that you fail to understand the bigger picture, you may say that you cannot see the wood for the trees. I am NOT about to break my promise to defer further detailed comment on the predictive coding saga rumbling around the US at present. My… Read More »

Doggett docket and duck

Easter Saturday saw the 158th Annual University Boat race between Oxford and Cambridge. As is now well known, the race resulted in a hollow victory for Cambridge after a self styled anti-elitist campaigner with a degree in contemporary urbanism from the LSE narrowly failed in his bid not only to have his head neatly removed… Read More »

Hunger Games

Set in post apocalyptic America now called Panem, Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins recently made into a film. The plot is complicated but a synopsis can be found in Wikipedia. For present purposes, Panem consists of Capitol, a rich and powerful city and 12 districts under its firm… Read More »

Troll models

Scandinavian folklore is, to my mind, dark and rather menacing. I am sure that there are exceptions but most of the creatures described are unpleasant and possibly even terrifying; think Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and the myriad monstrous creatures depicted and you will understand what I mean. It is, therefore, not altogether surprising… Read More »