Joel Dillard & Associates

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Friday Silliness: Unintentional Lawyer Humor

I am on a number of email lists that serve as something like sounding boards, or water coolers, where lawyers gossip, share model motions or pleadings, and recommend each other to each other. The litigators on these lists tend to write first and think later - if at all - which can occassionally make for some pretty hilarious moments. As John McPhee says of geologists, who can straight-facedly write of whether theories of ocean formation hold water, some lawyers also don't seem to have any functioning sense of humor whatsoever.

Bad gas complaint was the subject line of one recent email, with no apparent awareness of how this might be interpreted. Seriously, did you not read this when you wrote it? (In case you are wondering, the body of the email explained that the complaint was for bad gasoline damaging a car.)

Another email involved a certain drug tort claim. The chain began innocently enough: Anyone on here handling these cases, or know someone how [sic] is? Someone asked in response what are the problems that are caused by this drug? And someone else responded - I kid you not:

Enlarged make breasts. I handle those

He was corrected by another poster shortly - That would be enlarged male breasts - which didn't really solve the problem with the prior post if you ask me.


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