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!



20169037.thmRobert J. Ambrogi gathers the shopping cart in the July issue of Law Technology News, as he reports on three new websites that can help lawyers save a few (or a lot of) dollars.

First stop: GroupESQ capitalizes on social networking, and Costco-esque concepts of buying in bulk. Each deal is offered for only a limited time, and requires a minimum number of buyers -- so Tweets and Facebook posts are encouraged to hit critical mass. The site recently offered $150 of mediation services for $25, and $40 of court reporting services for about the price of a Starbucks Grande. (Can you say "loss leader"?)

Second stop: ServeCentral is a web-based tool that helps legal professionals manage service of process, automating a frequently time-consuming and annoying task.

Last stop: Litéra Live: new software as a service that helps users clean, convert, compare, and collaborate on documents.

July 30, 2010 in From the current issue of LTN | Permalink


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