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{Friday, August 01, 2003}

The following paragraph is an indication of a bored judge trying to spice things up, or a judge poking great fun at the litigants:

"We eschew exegetic treatment of the historical antecedents of this litigation, referring those who may hunger for greater detail to our earlier opinion, Interpole I, 899 F.2d at 100-11. For present purposes, it suffices to remind the reader that, in 1980, General Contracting & Trading Co. (GCT) ordered 4,500 wooden utility poles from Interpole, a New Hampshire corporation. The poles were produced for Interpole in the southern United States and sent by the manufacturer to Mobile, Alabama for transshipment to GCT in Oman. Interpole contracted with Tratsco to transport the poles by sea from Mobile to Mina Qaboos. The voyage was less than a smashing success." The General Contracting & Trading Co., LLC v. Interpole, Inc., 940 F.2d 20, 21 (1st Cir. 1991).

The case was about the monies involved in both a settlement and damages that totalled only $73,276. This had been appealed twice to the First Circuit!! I learned last summer that, as a kind of rule of thumb, don't go to state court unless at least $80,000 are involved because that is how much litigation will cost. But here it was a federal court case with multiple appeals!?!?!?

posted by The Brooklynite 3:28 PM
Got my class schedule for the Fall confirmed. I got into all of my desired classes and class times. Jack Bog's ego will swell some more when knows that I felt that I needed to expend 45 points to get into his class. Here's the schedule for Fall:
Income Tax, with Jack Bog, 4 credits
Trademark, 2 credits
Patent Litigation, with my quickly-becoming-favorite prof. Joe Miller, 3 credits
Regulation and Ethics of Lawyers, interesting title but it is required, 3 credits
Secure Transactions, 3 credits
Clinical Internship: Business Advising, this is the class portion of the hands-on business advising clinic, 2 credits
For a grand total of 17 credits (ouch!). But that leaves me with just 12 credits in the spring that includes 1 credit from IP Moot Court.

Classes start in just over 3 weeks. All right. One more year.

posted by The Brooklynite 2:11 PM

{Thursday, July 31, 2003}

I caught the beginning of PBS's show reminiscing about Watergate 30 years later. I wonder if Dick, Rummy or President * watched any of it. Dick and Rummy were probably rooting for Tricky Dick (last night as well as 30 years ago) while President * was probably just trying not to choke on another pretzel. Nixon had his "Plumbers" and Dick has his own little private "intelligence" gathering group, above and beyond the CIA or FBI or really even the NSA. I had to turn the show off because it just reminded me way too much of the recent goings ons. 30 years later and we're still making the same mistakes???

posted by The Brooklynite 2:09 PM

{Tuesday, July 29, 2003}

Hmm, just a thought, could the real reason Presdient * declared that hostilities are over (which they are obviuosly not) have to do with not having to follow Geneva Convention prisoner of war standards anymore in Iraq. All he has to say is the "war is over" and the folks continuing to shoot (and kill) our soldiers are no longer "enemy combatants."

posted by The Brooklynite 1:27 PM
After too many distractions, finally a report from brew fest '03.
First my faves: Skull Splitter from Rogue was well-named but tasted great; my favorite IPAs were the Imperial IPA from Raccoon Lodge (aged 4 months in oak casks), Double Dry Hopped IPA from Boundary Bay out of Bellingham and the Organic Green Elephant from Laurelwood. There were many, many others (I spent 7 hours at the Fest on Friday alone).
I am still not a huge fan of those yeasty belgian-style ales (though Rabbid Rabbit was decent), they still do not know the meaning of hops East of the Rockies and I've decided I need to brew myself some beer in the next couple of weeks.

All in all, another great festival. I really enjoyed this one knowing that next year I'll miss the fest for only the second time since its inception because the Oregon state bar exam occurs the week after beer fest.

Speaking of the exam, my thoughts go out to my recently graduated classmates who enduring the pain as I type. Good Luck!!

posted by The Brooklynite 9:16 AM

{Monday, July 28, 2003}

I'm really hoping this story is just a hoax. It reads like something from The Onion but I found it on the AP wire via yahoo news this evening. How unbelievably ridiculous is this????? Quoting the story:
The market would work this way. Investors would buy and sell futures contracts — essentially a series of predictions about what they believe might happen in the Mideast. Holder of a futures contract that came true would collect the proceeds of investors who put money into the market but predicted wrong.

Supposedly the Defense Dept set this one up. It is so outlandish that I just have to believe it is a hoax.

posted by The Brooklynite 7:37 PM

{Sunday, July 27, 2003}

I'll attempt to give a decent report from the Brew Fest tomorrow. Simply, it was as good as ever!

I just got done watching the replay of the final stage of the Tour de France. A great finish coming down to a photo finish to determine the sprint points. But watching Lance on the podium as they played the US national anthem in Paris. Even Lance commented on how moving it was to hear that in Paris.

But can he get a 6th? Miguel Indurain utterly failed and ended up 11th when he tried. I think Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton and even Jasobi Beloki will be tough, tough contenders next year.

I'll be rooting for Lance and Tyler (I'm so damn provincial sometimes).

posted by The Brooklynite 7:58 PM

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