“The Fire” – Free Speech

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

“The Implant” – Double Dipping

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

“The Race” – Contracts (Bonus content!)

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!)

“The Soup Nazi” – Copyrighting a Recipe

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

The Parking Garage – Unlawful Imprisonment

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