After George is caught taking a book into the bookstore Brentano's bathroom, the store makes George buy it. Does Brentano's bookstore have the right to force George to purchase the book just because he took it into the bathroom? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NygOFsExGMU The morality of reading in the bathroom notwithstanding, especially a book you haven't actually yet … Continue reading Can You Take a Book Into the Bathroom?
When traveling in Italy, Elaine stumbles upon an old man sitting outside a store named "Costanza's." After telling Frank about the store, he reveals that he was born in a village in Tuscany, Italy and yells out that since he was not born in the United States he could never be President and never had … Continue reading Frank Costanza Immigrant – Running for Office
When Elaine gets a call at the movie theatre that her boyfriend, Jake Jarmel, has been in a car accident, she tops to buy some Jujyfruits candy before heading to the hospital to see him. The convenience of the concession stand notwithstanding, did Elaine do anything legally wrong by stopping for the Jujyfruits? Under these … Continue reading “The Opposite” – Duty To Rescue
When George smells smoke coming from the kitchen during the birthday party for his girlfriend Robin's son, he starts screaming "Fire!" and runs out of the building. Pushing everyone in sight, and stepping on Robin's mother's arm notwithstanding, could George get in trouble for screaming "fire!" in a crowded area? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC91reeH4Ls Shouting fire in a … Continue reading “The Fire” – Free Speech
When George dips his chip a second time at the wake to memorialize his girlfriend Betsy's aunt, Betsy's brother Timmy accuses him of double dipping his chip. What's so bad about double dipping anyway? Could double dipping be illegal? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLOyChP2AWA We're just lawyers here, so it's not up to us to adjudicate social norms. Even … Continue reading “The Implant” – Double Dipping
After moving to Del Boca Vista Phase III, Morty Seinfeld takes an interest in politics and wants to run for condo board president. But Jerry tells his father " you can't run for condo president because you were impeached at the other condo." So instead, Morty decides to back Kramer in the next condo board … Continue reading “The Wizard” – Election After Impeachment
Yesterday, one of our writers argued that Duncan would only need to cover airfare if Lois brought a claim against him under a theory of Promissory Estoppel. In this bonus content, the other writer will take the opposite approach. The principle of Promissory Estoppel dictates that the court will use equitable principles where there are … Continue reading “The Race” – Contracts (Bonus content!)
Before Jerry and Duncan have their Big Race, Duncan tells Lois that if Jerry beats him, he'll fly her to Hawaii for 2 weeks. Is Duncan bound by his words to Lois? Is he obligated to send her to Hawaii? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOJt6jsy1AQ As we've discussed in our post on The Puffy Shirt, an oral contract is … Continue reading “The Race” – Contracts
After a bunch of street-thugs walk-away with Elaine's recently purchased armoire, Kramer gifts Elaine a new one he was given by Yev Kassem, aka the Soup-Nazi. Unbeknownst to our favorite chef, he has left his entire list of soup-recipes in one of the drawers. Elaine, who has recently been banned from the store, decides to … Continue reading “The Soup Nazi” – Copyrighting a Recipe
Is Kramer correct when he said: "well, you know in the old days, when the senators didn't vote the way that the party leaders wanted 'em to… they whipped them."