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What Would People Think?

Friday, December 21, 2007

This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Go To Law School

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good

"Hey!", I thought upon hearing those lyrics. "That sounds like quite an extensive system of espionage Santa's got there. He must have a network of spies combined with a wiretapping system. That sounds like a violation of the Privacy Act."

Kudos to any of my law-related friends who can think of a good cause-of-action to use against Santa Claus. Maybe not even not related to spying. For the sheer hell of it, let's think of how many different ways we could sue Santa......

......if he, existed that is.

Meantime, read about one of my favorite cases of all time: Mayo v. Satan. Yes, that Satan.


  • Wait a minute... "Satan" is an anagram of "Santa"!

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/21/2007 8:09 AM  

  • Well, with product liability, he should clearly be held strictly liable for any damages caused by the gifts his elves make.

    By Blogger Matthew B. Novak, at 12/21/2007 3:04 PM  

  • Right now, I'm thinking invasion of privacy. Not only the obvious Privacy Act violations, but - if anyone is wrongly classified as "bad" and news of this gets out - you could do False Light invasion of privacy.

    Plus, there's got to be an Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress claim here somewhere....but where?

    By Blogger Ben, at 12/21/2007 11:40 PM  

  • Hey Ben,

    Here's a link to the description of another case you might appreciate: Chambers v. God.


    Merry Christmas!


    p.s. Thanks for the CD!!

    By Blogger Erin, at 12/22/2007 12:11 AM  

  • Well fine. But I'd say that by rejecting my proposal you may be inflicting some emotional distress on me...

    I think there's obviously some breaking and entering issues with Santa, which is at least tangental to the privacy stuff.

    And again, not really privacy, but if he's concluded that you're naughty, you might have some discrimination claims.

    Or how about some sort of tortious interference claim? If by spying on you he knows what to get you, and by getting you something that someone else would have gotten you he's interfered with that relationship...

    By Blogger Matthew B. Novak, at 12/22/2007 1:00 AM  

  • Yeah, yeah....and if "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause"....Daddy may have an Alienation of Affection claim.

    Ah, Family Law.

    By Blogger Ben, at 12/22/2007 10:47 AM  

  • In response to the story Erin mentions....first off, that's darn funny and I wonder if the court will respond similarly to the court in Mayo v. Satan.

    But seriously, by filing such an obviously frivolous lawsuit, does Chambers really think he's aiding the cause of fighting so-called tort reform?

    By Blogger Ben, at 12/22/2007 10:50 AM  

  • And if "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," you could probably file criminal negligence charges.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 12/24/2007 8:42 PM  

  • How about trespassing? I mean, how'd he get all the equipment in your house in the first place?

    By Blogger Kenny, at 1/03/2008 11:36 AM  

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