The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Call2 No, It's Not a Hoax: A lot of back channel chatter today as to whether or not the Cell Phone Do Not Call list is an urban legend (i.e., a hoax) .... 'Tis not. What is a hoax is the alleged Dec. 15 deadline to register. You can still register and it takes, literally, about 30 seconds to do so. (You can register online, or you can register by phone -- but you must call on the phone that has the number you want to register).

Now the $250 chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus...THAT is a hoax! And as several people have noted today, we're all waiting for our check from that Nigerian bank officer.....Cookie

FYI: The incredibly thoughtful David Giacalone (a.k.a. the ethicalEsq) forwarded me this helpful press release:


FTC: National Do Not Call Registry Accepts Both Cell Phone and Home Phone Numbers
The Federal Trade Commission reminds consumers that the National Do Not Call Registry has accepted personal cell phone and home phone number registrations since it opened for consumer registrations in June 2003. There is no deadline to register a home or cell phone number on the Registry.
To register a telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, or to file a complaint, consumers should visit http://www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). Consumers registering a phone number online will be asked to provide a valid e-mail address to which a confirmation of the registration will be sent. A registration is not complete until the consumer clicks on the link in this e-mail. Consumers registering by phone must call from the phone number they wish to register.

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I saw this on your blog and referenced your articles on mine ( http://www.unspace.net/wordpress/index.php?p=307 ) - unfortunately the trackbacks aren't working again. Sigh.

I tried. Credit should go where credit is due!

Posted by: Rob | Dec 19, 2004 11:14:15 AM

Monica, even before I knew you had deemed me thoughtful, I dedicated a haiku to you in my mega holiday hollyku posting. Hope you like it at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/ethicalesq/2004/12/20#a2977 .

Rob: When my backtracer is being testy, I use the Reedmaniac trackback form and it always works http://www.reedmaniac.com/scripts/trackback_form.php.

Posted by: David Giacalone | Dec 20, 2004 5:35:18 PM

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