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!



BallparkI'm always amazed at the never-ending creativity of blawgers who compose each edition of Blawg Review, and this week is no exception, as Jonathan Frieden's E-Commerce Law blog, hits a grand slam with Blawg Review #103, the BaseBlawg Review.

Frieden_2Jonathan is a principal at Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, in Washington, D.C. celebrates the opening week of beisbol, with his review that is structured on key elements of the game. He opens with "A (very) brief history of baseball," then picks blawgs using the subheads "The Ceremonial First Pitch," "The Umpire," "The Designated Hitter," "The Black Sox Scandal," etc.

VERY clever, with very good picks for each category. For example, he explains his choices for the "Infield Fly" rule here:

When there are fewer than two outs and there is a force play at third, the batter who hits a fair fly ball that, in the umpire’s judgment may be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, is out. Rule 6.05e, commonly referred to as the "infield fly rule," is among the most commonly misunderstood rules in baseball. This portion of the BaseBlawg Review is devoted to laws which have proven to be inscrutable, ill-conceived, or simply odd.

Among his blawg citations for that topic is a list of quirky Connecticut laws listed in the Walking the Berkshires blog, and Eric Goldman's technology and marketing blog's discussion of recent Utah ban on keyword advertising.

April 9, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees, Law Firm Management, Marketing, Technology, Weblogs | Permalink


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