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Here's the best newspaper lead of the year: "Wiseguy, eh? Ruling reversed, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk."

It's by Reporter Dan Evans of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, in today's edition, page 2.

The insurance defense dispute case is Hartford Ins. v. Sup. Ct. (C3 Entertainment, Inc.) and relates to the Three Stooges. The significance of the opinion, however, has nothing to do with Moe, Larry and Curly, but instead whether the judge should have disqualified himself from hearing the case.

The judge had talked with alternative dispute providers about employment after retirement, and at nearly the same time had agreed to refer a portion of the insurance defense dispute to one of those ADR providers.

Realizing he had a conflict, he recused himself, but according to the Court of Appeal, that recusal came too late. It was Do Not Pass Go, according to the Court of Appeal. The case now gets to virtually start all over again with a new judge.

Dan Evan's other gem? " 'Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk, Boink,' said Hartford."

Oh, yes. One more thing. The name of one of the three entities that make up C3 Entertainment?

It's Knucklehead, Inc.

Who woulda guessed?


Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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