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Friday, November 05, 2004
Complaining could get you sued
Yahoo! News - Web Site for Complaints Sparks Lawsuit
A couple in Georgia created a website, www.spraysiding.com, to give unsatisified consumers a place to complain about the sprayed-on siding on their houses. Now the company that manufactured their siding is fighting back, filing suit against the couple for copyright infringement, defamation, and misleading consumers.
This case could lead to some very interesting rules about what you can and can't post on the Internet.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
As I mentioned a few days ago, before I can be sworn in to practice law in Delaware, I need to complete a clerkship checklist. I plan on commenting here in the blog about a few select items on my checklist in the next few weeks before the swearing in ceremony. The first item on the list is "Attendance at one complete civil trial in a Justice of the Peace Court ."
Fortunately, before heading out to any old JP Court, I had the foresight to ask Larry which one I should attend. Most of the JP Courts only handle criminal matters, while JP Court #12 near Price's Corner is a civil court. Maybe they did that to trick the unsuspecting law clerks.
My first impressions of the court were how tiny it was and how cold it was in the courtroom. The receptionist told me that I could sit in the back of the courtroom which was about a foot behind the tables where the litigants sat. I was also struck by how informal the proceedings were. No opening argument, no introductions by the litigants or their lawyers. The judge simple started asking questions of the parties.
Pretty simple. It almost appeared to me like a mediation session with the judge playing the mediator.
Get Out and Vote Delaware
I've been encouraged by all of the folks I've heard expressing an interest in getting to the election ballots.
With some state elections decided by the slimmest of margins last year, I think we received a message that every vote does count. I heard a local radio broadcast a couple of days ago that mentioned that a large number of people in their 40s and 50s had registered to vote in their first elections
Polls in Delaware open at 7:00 am, and close at 8:00 pm.
A record number of voters are expected to turn out to decide who our future representatives willl be.
If you are a registered voter in Delaware, and you're not sure of which poll you are supposed to vote at, the Department of Elections has a Polling Place Locator online that you can use.
Delaware's electronic voting system enables votes to be counted fairly quickly. The polls close tomorrow at 8:00 pm, and the Delaware Department of Elections should be reporting results soon afterward.
See you at the polls.
Monday, November 01, 2004
Coming Soon! The NCC Superior Court Verdict Book!
We are very excited about our recent purchase of the data for the New Castle County Superior Court Verdict Book. This is a little known public data source which gives us information on verdicts in civil cases.
DeLawOffice.com will be posting this book in its entirety, and updating it monthly! This is a great resource and will now be readily accessible to the public, like it should be.