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Ballistic missile submarine ill-suited to be a salvage vessel

Sep 30, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Although a submarine is ill-suited to be a salvage vessel, it wasn’t negligent for the captain to render assistance to a nearby sailboat.

Sailboats are dangerous when operated by 13 year olds

Sep 29, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

A sailboat may be a dangerous instrumentality when helmed by a 13-year-old

Don’t tease the monkey

Sep 26, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

In monkey bite lawsuit, evidence that the child had on previous occasions teased the monkey was probative in determining whether there was provocation.

Toy Flying Saucer was not useful

Sep 25, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Flying saucer toy was not “useful,” for purpose of determining its ineligibility for copyright protection, merely because it help users develop hand-eye coordination.

Judge is not a gold prospector

Sep 24, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

it is not the judge’s function to sift through a garbled pleading like a prospector panning for gold

Shark handling is dangerous

Sep 23, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

If you specialize in shark-handling, you should already know that they are dangerous.

Congress decides which days are holidays

Sep 22, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

The designation of federal holidays is the prerogative of Congress, not the judiciary.

Cheese Heads

Sep 19, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Under Wisconsin law, cheese wedge hats did not have secondary meaning and were thus not entitled to trademark protection.

Cheese Party is not a dangerous condition

Sep 18, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Just because wine and cheese party attendees were in hallway where plaintiff slipped doesn’t mean that the nursing home was liable.

No warranty on excellent cheese

Sep 17, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

Sale of  cheese of “excellent” quality implies no special warranty, and purchaser must rely upon his implied warranty that it is merchantable.

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