Law Religion Culture Review

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

A Litigation Odyssey.

This story could be made into a movie. (It was.)

A dispute that evidently could have been resolved for $1000 mushroomed into a court battle you won't believe.

This litigation odyssey involved myriad correspondences, motions, discovery, and two appeals (including an influential published opinion, Taubman Co. v. Webfeats, 319 F.3d 770 (6th Cir. 2003) (First Amendment protects non-commercial critical commentary even involving trademarked domain name). Over many months, they destroyed countless trees in their paper flurry.

In case you might doubt the veracity of this nearly unbelievable account, the litigant who (for the most part) represented himself documents his story with copies of letters, pleadings, other court records, and even some telephone messages received from the other side's attorneys.

You don't have to be a lawyer to appreciate it. In fact, if you are not an attorney, you will probably relish most how a layperson took on a law firm and its well-heeled corporate client. It delivers laugh-out-loud moments. One could probably not write fiction this engaging.

Be warned, however. The story is told over 115 "acts", but trust me. It pays off.

If you finish the complete saga, feel free to leave comments regarding your reactions. Enjoy!