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?
When Kramer can't sleep due to the giant red sun in the shape of a chicken from a nearby restaurant, he and Jerry switch apartments. After his first night on the Red Planet, Jerry is spooked by a creepy doll named Mr. Marbles. Although Kramer claims Mr. Marbles is harmless, did he have an obligation … Continue reading “The Chicken Roaster” – Caveat Emptor
While trying to impress his new girlfriend, Newman makes an outlandish statement: "You see, certified mail is always registered, but registered mail is not necessarily certified." Is Newman just blustering his way through a date with a woman of beauty and brains, or is there something to his claim? https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/bdc99f08-9e88-45d7-925a-3fc637c45d39 Registered mail is an add-on … Continue reading “The Betrayal” – Registered Mail IS Certified
When Wyck clears his throat before referring to Susan's death as her "unfortunate accident," George takes that to mean that Wyck was implying that he killed Susan. In order to discover if the board is talking about him behind his back, George takes a page from Jerry Lewis' playbook and "accidentally" leaves a briefcase with … Continue reading “The Soul Mate” – Recording Conversations
After Jerry and Kramer notice that Barry Prophet, their accountant, was sniffing uncontrollably, they begin to suspect that he is a drug addict. Believing that he is "hip to the whole scene," they decide to end their relationship with him and entrust postal employee Newman to deliver the termination letter to the USPS sidewalk postal … Continue reading “The Sniffing Accountant” – The Mailbox Rule
After Newman accuses Jerry of the heinous crime of mail fraud, Newman interrogates Jerry deep within the catacombs of the local post office. But when Jerry challenges Newman to actually prove the case against him, Newman is stumped and unable to do so. What would Newman have to show in order to actually prove that … Continue reading “The Package” – Burden of Proof