Check Your Corpse Before You Leave: Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress and the Dreaded Telegram

Seems like the strangest cases revolve around claims of “emotional distress.” Here’s one that deserves a “second look”: Estelle Johnson, as Executrix of Nellie Johnson, Deceased, Claimant, and Fleeter Thorpe, Appellant, v. State of New York, Respondent. (Claim No. 52985.) Court of Appeals of New York Argued June 6, 1975; decided July 2, 1975   […]

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Grope Therapy: Poetic License Can Lead to a Libel Judgment

Here’s a personal favorite of mine. It’s lengthy, so I have only included the main body of the opinion and left out the concurrence and dissent, as well as the end of the main opinion (which just wraps up some loose ends).  I also boldfaced the two rival descriptions of the sessions. The “plot” concerns […]

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Trying to Sue Your Health Insurer: David vs. Goliath

Back in February, 1999 I published a guest editorial in the Herald News. With the current debate over health insurance reform, and an article I read in the Herald News today (10/26/09) claiming that health insurers’ profits are relatively weak, it brought the editorial to my mind and I thought I should post it in my […]

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Contingency Fees

If you have been involved in an accident in which you have sustained personal injury, it can be a very frustrating and traumatic experience. In addition to physical injuries, an accident can also lead to financial problems for the victim because of expenses involved in medical treatment, property damage and loss of earnings. It can […]

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Negligent Infliction of Emotion Distress: A Funeral Fit for a Dog

Today’s Post revisits the topic of negligent infliction of emotional distress, an area rich in bizarre and humorous published court cases, such as– KAY CORSO v. CRAWFORD DOG AND CAT HOSPITAL 415 N.Y.S.2d 182 (1979): Seymour Friedman, J. OPINION OF THE COURT On or about January 28, 1978, the plaintiff brought her 15-year-old poodle into […]

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Hand Holding Gives Jockey a Lift in Absurd Libel Case

  Burton v. Crowell Pub. Co., 82 F.2d 154 (2nd Cir. 02/10/1936) 1. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, SECOND CIRCUIT 2. No. 258 3. 82 F.2d 154 4. February 10, 1936 5.BURTON v. CROWELL PUB. CO. 6. Appeal from the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. 7. Author: Hand […]

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Strange But True Court Decisions: Too Old to Commit Statutory Rape?

The following opinion has achieved a kind of “cult status” in numerous underground law libraries around the country (including the law library at my alma mater law school, the University of Michigan, where the old printed pages of the decision are “well thumbed”): Lason v. State, 12 So.2d 305 (1943) [all emphasis added by LP!]. […]

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Strange But True Court Decisions: Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress by Circus Horse

For amusement, each month I will post an actual published court opinion my research has uncovered, that is in my humble opinion absolutely hilarious or ridiculous. Since this is the first time I have blogged, I think it is appropriate to start with a personal favorite of mine, Christy Bros. Circus v. Turnage, 38 Ga. […]

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First Post: Poet’s Corner

Well, here I am about to start a law weblog or “laweblog,” and just to get it off the ground, in the spirit of late March and the imminent approach of Spring, I offer this original poem I wrote some time ago, about a dog I once knew named Travis: TRAVIS FROM HIS FUNK When […]

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Are you a victim of Personal Injury? We are here to help

At the Law Offices of Larry M. Pollack, Esq., New Jersey Personal Injury attorneys can help you if you have been a victim of the following types of cases or injuries: Personal Injury Premises Liability Medical Malpractice Legal Malpractice Car Accidents Workplace Injuries Construction Accidents Wrongful Death Contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys today […]

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