August 2, 2012
Contracts 101: The Fifty Shades of Grey Contract
I wonder if 1Ls will be introduced to contract law by way of the "master-slave" contract in "Fifty Shades of Grey" this academic year. If so, students might want to check out Jeremy Byellin's promised series of WestlawInsider posts. In his first post, Byellin, an attorney practicing in the areas of family law and estate planning, examines the elements of the contract. According to Byellin, the contract is found in the first installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy.
Yup, that's right ... haven't read it. I'm waiting for the enhanced ProView eBook edition. An R-rated multi-media eBook wouldn't be too kinky for TR Legal's WestMart site, right? Clips from Secretary, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as "an eccentric attorney" named E. Edward Grey, could be licensed. Imagine the explosive revenue generation from a new series of trusted "legal" resources branded "for mature audiences."
For an alternative interpretation from Thomson Reuters' eccentric legal writers, check out Findlaw's Deanne Katz article, '50 Shades of Grey' Contract for Sex Wouldn't Hold Up in Real Life. Ah, is it really about sex? Then check out Byellin's second post, How Can the Fifty Shades Contract Be Enforced? TR Legal can start spitting out enhanced ProView eBooks for a new Mature Audience series under Byellin's editorial direction not just for contract law and forms but also covering employment law (and I'm wondering about possible like-kind exchange tax issues).
Endnote. And now for "something completely different" related, the latest on The Case Against Madam Justice Lori Douglas from ATL. Sounds like enhanced ProView law eBook material for the 18 year-old and older customer base. Considering the typical editorial quality of TR Legal titles, this might open an entirely new market for the Company. [JH]
The WestlawInsider post is so obviously wrong it's laughable. In almost all jurisdictions, immoral contracts are unenforceable even if they aren't illegal - for example, I think there was an English case about a lease of a carriage to a prostitute with knowledge it would be used to assist prostitution being unenforceable even though the contract itself wasn't illegal.
A contract to be a sex slave is unenforceable. It is grossly contrary to public policy, and grossly immoral (both in the "sex" part and the "slave" part).
-- Remember JS, the WestlawInsider posts are catagorized as humor. Joe
Posted by: JS | Aug 8, 2012 2:16:46 AM