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
Following their purchase of an air-conditioner, Jerry and friends get lost in the mall parking lot while looking for George's car. Since shopping makes Jerry "have to go," he gives into his organic nature for ten seconds. But a security guard spots him and takes Jerry into custody. Does the security guard have a right … Continue reading The Parking Garage – Unlawful Imprisonment
When Ping the delivery boy swerves his bike out of the way and crashes into a parked car to avoid hitting Elaine in the crosswalk, he hurts his head and, more upsetting to George, loses the delivery order, except for the pea pods. Is Elaine at fault for Ping's crash? Can Ping successfully sue Elaine? … Continue reading “The Virgin” – Negligence per se
After Elaine accidentally causes Ping the delivery boy to crash his bike into a parked car, Ping files a suit against Elaine for the injuries he sustained during the crash. But when George starts dating Ping's cousin Cheryl, the courtroom "terminator," Ping drops the suit based on Cheryl's advice. Is Ping legally allowed to bring … Continue reading “The Visa” – Dismissing a Case
After Tony Abdo, the mechanic, takes Jerry's car out into the nice no-pothole, no-traffic countryside, he tells Jerry over the phone that "listen, that registration may have your name on it, Jerry. But this engine's running on my sweat and my blood." Does Tony actually have any rights to the car? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7ISTaymU0 (*Editor's Note: We … Continue reading “The Bottle Deposit” – Parenthood
While flirting with his "birthday wish" girlfriend, Newman jokes that the secret of ZIP codes is that they are actually meaningless. Is this true? What are ZIP codes, and why do we have them? Why do we need them? And why do they make them so small? https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/f43ed3c0-9288-48a5-b153-d19ebe46b07d The first postal codes were developed during … Continue reading Are ZIP Codes Actually Meaningless?
After Kramer gets Jerry the Commando 8 air conditioner, he just "installs" it into Jerry's window without sealing the appliance in place. Later, the air conditioner falls out of the window and hits a dog on the sidewalk below. Does Kramer have any legal liability for the injuries that happened to the dog? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62NyFTAKgOI … Continue reading “The Glasses” – Negligence and Res Ipsa Loquitor
Although most New Yorkers have spent the last week trying to figure out what exactly Governor Andrew Cuomo meant when he said that bars must also serve a "meal" as part of outdoor dining, this question was first addressed 25 years ago in an episode of Seinfeld - "The Soup." After overly eager comedian Kenny … Continue reading “The Soup” – Is Soup a Meal?
After Kramer presents his case against Java World to Jackie Chiles, Jackie tells him that if he gets "even one coffee drinker" on that case then Kramer is going to be a rich man. Could Java World actually prevent coffee drinkers from serving on the jury? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMHsojpGV5o The 7th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees a … Continue reading “The Maestro” – Picking a Jury
After Susan's parents neglect to serve the Marble Rye the Costanza's brought for dinner, Frank decides, much to George's horror, to take the Rye back. Can Frank legally do this? Who actually owns the Marble Rye? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiznhKTF4hA (EDITORS NOTE: For further references on the nature of gifts, please see our prior posts on The Handicap … Continue reading Who Owns the Marble Rye?