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Blawgs run-down: Voodoo partners and baseball in court

Blawgs run-down: Voodoo partners and baseball in court

This week's happenings in the wide world of legal blogs.

Voodoo practising, doll-loving partner
"Sheila" wrote in to the editor of DirtyLAWndry to detail the "disturbing" news that her boss "has lost his ever-loving mind". Upon returning from a holiday in the Virgin Islands, the law firm boss "decorated" his office with African masks and dolls. "There are at least twenty of these things in all different sizes". When asked about his new collection, he told colleagues and subordinated that some of them were used in "voodoo rituals". The team thought he was joking, but now, since an ethic specific doll collection has turned to incense and books related to voodoo, things are turning odd. And things are getting worse: "He even started crawling on the carpet and writing things under his desk. It's a little disturbing to be here right now."America's game: Assumption of risk
Baseball season means "rooting for the home team", peanuts, crackerjacks and other "good stuff", writes John Hochelder on Point of Law. But it also may mean getting struck by a foul ball and sustaining injury. "And then come the lawyers." In a blog post about unusual sports injury cases, about which the blogger is interested, he says, the question of assumption of risk is raised. He notes that cases of people being hit by balls are often tossed out of court. "New York courts seem to have little trouble dismissing these types of cases on assumption of the risk grounds," he writes. But what happens when a four year old boy is struck in the head by a batting practicing home run while he's enjoying a picnic lunch behind the field?


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