Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Joy of Lex, Part II

Here is an example of what constitutes a "joke" in an appellate opinion.

From J.F. White Contracting Co. v. New England Tank Industries of New Hampshire, Inc., 393 F.2d 449 (1st Circuit, 1968):

This appeal concerns a contract to build oil tanker dock facilities on the Piscataqia river . . . Appellee, New England Tank Industries of New Hampshire, Inc. (Tank), owner of the premises, sues for defective workmanship. Unlike the Piscataqua itself, the case meandered interminably for five years before a jury trial was finally reached.

Ha, classic.