June 2013

June 2013

Anybody got Winston Smith’s cell phone number? Amazon sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 jumped 6,021 percent in just 24 hours. Many people apparently found uncomfortable resonances between Orwell’s “Big Brother” and the news of U.S. government surveillance programs.

It’s over there on the right, dear. By the shrimp and grits. Atlanta media man Ken Yarbrough found this on the menu of a favorite Charleston restaurant recently: “If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed and drycleaners depressed?”

Show me the money. With student-loan debt soaring out of control, the best way to solve the economic issues facing recent graduates is not to withhold their pay. Or so a U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan seemed to say when he ruled that two semi-permanent interns in the film industry deserved to be compensated.

Do you know they’re writing the actuarial tables to age 121 now? No, but if you hum it, I’ll fake a few bars. Jiroemon Kimura – the oldest man ever known to have lived – died a week ago Wednesday at age 116. Longevity expert Dan Buettner say you can make it past your 100th birthday with hard work, a Mediterranean diet (no shrimp and grits), and socializing (as long as it’s with the right sort of companions, of course).

An America without juries? Almost 390 years after civil jury trials were established in Virginia to escape colonial rule, fear is now being raised that the Supreme Court’s string of restrictions on arbitration, pleading standards, class actions, and punitive damages unfairly limit jury power. Opponents of the restrictions are putting their hope in Congress, which may be another story entirely.

It may not be fun, but it’s fair. What do you think about when you’re waiting in line? Perhaps shrimp. Or maybe grits. But one thing is for sure: “Curse lines all you like, but we would be doomed without them,” says a reflective Matthew Malady, who calls the queue “one of civilization’s greatest social constructs.”

Except Mrs. Stickney. Mrs. Stickney wouldn’t agree with anything. In a recent dispute over legal language, justices of the Supreme Court of Georgia spent a lot of time on reading comprehension, sentence structure and the “Oxford Comma.” Justice David Nahmias told automakers who brought the case that their arguments were inconsistent with the rules of grammar. “Any high school English teacher in the state would agree,” he said.

Quote to note: “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” – Russell Baker

 

Thanks for reading,

joe.ledlie@theledliegroup.com

 So far in June The Ledlie Group has begun work for a major foundation and a real estate law firm, both headquartered in Georgia. We’re grateful.

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