EARLY CONTENDERS FOR WORST PUNS ON CIVIL CASES 2015: YOU JUDGE THE STANDARD

In the annual review of civil litigation of 2014 there was an easy winner for the case that gave rise to the most, and worst, puns.  There is an early contender for this award in 2015. Since this competition is likely to be highly contested, and highly controversial, the

THE WINNER IN 2014

Another easy winner. District Judge Lumb in Burt -v- Linford Christie . The judgment itself was admirably restrained in this regard. However legal commentators could not resist the temptation to compete with the tabloids and positively sprinted towards the puns.

THERE IS A PATTERN EMERGING

The pattern appears to be:

1. The case has to involve a celebrity.

2. It has to involve costs.

THIS LEADS TO?

The New Law Journal’s article on the costs decision in Simpson -v- MGN Ltd “Costs own goal in footballer libel case” and Jon Lord’s comments.

“In keeping with the football theme of the case, the only goal scored was an own goal by Mr Simpson in failing to serve his team sheets (budget and statement of costs) on the opposition before the game. The penalty for that was sensibly proportionate in the form of the additional cost caused by his failure.”

In fact the NLJ missed a sentence from the quote.

“He only gave a copy of the latter to the referee when he should have done!”

(Even the NLJ journalists have qualms it seems).

THE SECOND CONTENDER

If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did.  Jon’s summary of the Rihanna case on twitter.

“Topshop shot to crop costs is a flop, full stop”

SO THIS IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS

There are still 11 months to go. Contenders now have a clear view of the standard they have to meet.

 

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