The great wave off shore of Kanagawa, Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
Competitive industries are obsessed with “the next big wave” and civil litigation is no exception. We are all constantly searching for “edge,” the next big thing, the competitive advantage.
The next big wave in civil litigation might be sitting right in front of you or it is crashing right on top of you, depending on your age.
A disproportionate segment of our population, the baby-boomers, are now decked in increasingly dowdy dressings of upper-middle age and their parents are dying. This, in turn, will inevitably result in an increase in trust and estates litigation, elder law, the law of conservatorships, and health care law and so on over the next 2-3 decades.
Are you and your family prepared for this? Of course not. Let’s not dwell on negative things, right? That kind of thing does not happen in your family. You’ll cross that bridge when you get to it…
Bacon is at the center of almost everything. It is at the center of a pig, for example. It is at the center of the economies of several midwest states. These are at the center, of course, of the United States.
Bacon is even the delicate combination muscle/fat meme material that holds the entire internet in place. Without bacon… We should not even contemplate the possibilities…Someone could get hurt.
So, imagine that you invented a way for preparing pre-cooked sliced bacon. You would be a wealthy person.
LinkedIn sends all of us emails constantly and today’s to me said:
What are your connections up to?
Ed _______ is now Retired and at No where.
(I do not know Ed _________. I hope he’s okay, whoever he is or wherever he is.)
Dear Giant Internet Companies that use computers to pretend to be human-like and pretend to talk to humans: How long will your companies survive when we, the humans that you are hope to lure into your systems and whose money you wish to obtain legally, cannot avoid the recognition that we are dealing with stupid inanimate programs?
(And isn’t the build-up to elections fun now that we live in a world where computers pretend to be our friends and say things like, “Seth, You won’t believe what they’re up to now!!!”)
Twin Cities lawyer, Robert Bennett, has enjoyed great success for three decades often representing estates of people who have died or injured people.
I am sure that some parts of his practice have stayed the same while some have changed dramatically. Presumably one thing that has changed is that the terrible tragedies that make up many of Bennett’s cases are more often video-recorded now than they were early in his long career.
In a recent Bennett complaint, the reader is walked through the last minutes in the life of a severely mentally ill woman incarcerated in Koochiching County moment-by-moment, with the benefit of a narrative of a video-recording. Reading the complaint, we, the readers watch her bizarre conduct and plaintiff’s counsel’s complaint forces us to ask the question that a judge and jury might some day wonder: where were the guards? Why are we seeing this and they could not?
Seriously. I will sell you $20,540.50 if the price is right. (And it might be less than $20,540.50, by the way. depending on your delivery date (plus shipping and handling)). Give me a jingle.
The reason I pose this silly question is that Plaintiff Aviva Sports won an award of sanctions for $20,540.50 in July, 2013 and, to date, it has not gotten any money. How much should Aviva and its lawyers invest in seeking payment? Most recently. Aviva Sports’ counsel has brought a motion to add a $1,000/day fine on Stephen Lobbin and the Eclipse Group until they cough up the $20,540.50. So, in a year, they’d presumably be entitled to $385,540.50. For which they will have paid how much?
J. Paul Getty is supposed to have said, “If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.” The asset of a receivable can become a liability.