May 30 by jason

Are bike helmet laws sexist? Aussie woman says yes.

There’s long been a heated debate surrounding mandatory helmet laws, but up until now sexism hadn’t really been one of the talking points. However, a recent complaint from an Australian woman has changed that, as she claims helmet laws unfairly target women with otherwise fabulous hair by forcing them to put vanity on the back…

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Apr 07 by jason

#ReplaceBikeWithCar Satirizes Anti-Bike Rhetoric

The rise of bicycling and the expansion of bike lanes can at times provoke strong negative reactions in people, whether it’s at public meetings, newspaper comment boards, or casual conversations. Sometimes the arguments against bike lanes can border on absurdity and demonstrate an entrenched bias toward driving. Over the weekend, #ReplaceBikeWithCar was a trending topic…

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Mar 19 by jason

18-year-old required to refrain from saying ‘bingo’ for 6-month period

Much like you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater, it would appear yelling “bingo” in a crowded bingo hall is also off the table. Earlier this week a Kentucky judge sentenced an 18-year-old accused of second-degree disorderly conduct to refrain from using the word “bingo” for the next six months as part of…

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Feb 07 by jason

…And that’s why you don’t mouth off in court

Earlier this week, Florida teen Penelope Soto got international attention when a video of her mouthing off to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat started making the rounds online. In the video you see the 18-year-old Soto giggling through her bond hearing, getting chastised for not taking the hearing seriously, and having her bond increased from…

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Feb 01 by jason

Don’t Call The Big Game ‘Super’

Heading into this week’s Super Bowl big game, Samsung has decided to poke a bit of fun at the fact advertisers aren’t allowed to mention the NFL’s trademarked championship event by its generally accepted name. The commercial, featuring Bob Odenkirk, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd riffing on the upcoming game between the “Baltimore Black Birds”…

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Jun 17 by GJEL

Best Fictional Lawyers Bracket Predictions

It’s always fun to see lawyers portrayed on television. Some, like Law & Order’s Jack McCoy or Matlock’s Ben Matlock illustrate the most virtuous aspects of the justice system. Others, like Arrested Development’s Barry Zuckercorn or Lionel Hutz from The Simpsons essentially wrap up decades of lawyer jokes into one succinct character. To help separate the wheat from the chaff, legal tabloid blog Above the Law has developed a bracket of their readers’ favorite fictional lawyers. Click through for my predictions.

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Jun 06 by GJEL

List of Lawsuits in The Simpsons – Featuring Lionel Hutz

On the air for more than 20 years, the iconic family cartoon sitcom “The Simpsons” has covered just about every topic you can think of. So it’s no surprise that the show has addressed – and mocked – many legal issues. In fact, The Simpsons has managed to cover personal injury law, sexual harassment, false advertising, criminal law, food safety, copyright law, and more. While the plots of these episodes themselves are hilarious, they wouldn’t be quite as great without shuckster attorney Lionel Hutz (Phil Hartman). We’ve compiled a list of our favorite lawsuits in the Simpsons, in chronological order.

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Feb 01 by GJEL

Most Unlikely Courtroom Comedies

Last week, we brought you some of the most absurd attempts of replicating judicial in the most unlikely courtroom dramas. Ranging from Chicago to Miracle on 34th Street, it was clear that film writers are comfortable fudging the facts and realities when it comes to telling a compelling story. Not surprisingly, the same is true for legal comedies… to an even more outlandish extent. But since comedies typically aren’t bound by realism or attention to detail, the freedoms taken in the films described below are perhaps more forgivable than those taken in courtroom dramas. Take a look at our list, ranging all the way from Legally Blonde to Ghostbusters II.

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Oct 05 by GJEL

TV Lawyers: The Good, The Bad, & The Criminal

Since TV first hit households more than a half-century ago, legal dramas and legal comedies have been two of the most consistent and quality genres. Legal dramas have pointed out (and probably embellished) the heroic and filthy aspects of the legal system and lawyers who operate within it. Comedies have fulfilled a similar function, but often through the lens of bumbling, feckless attorneys. The list below looks at some of the most prolific television attorneys since the networks began making legal programs. Some have been great, some have been terrible, and some have been downright criminal. But all have been entertaining.

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Sep 03 by GJEL

Labor Day Weekend Legal Humor Roundup: Winners and Werewolves

In yesterday’s blog post, we asked you to drive safe over Labor Day weekend. But we also want you to have a ton of fun. So with that in mind, I thought we’d kick start the long weekend with legal humor roundup. This week, we have the US Open for Lawyers, a potential warewolf push-up competition, and beer pong discussed in detail in a real lawsuit. Enjoy!

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