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Editor: Brian JM Quinn
Boston College Law School

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Corporations in the HOV lane

Corporations are people, my friend.  So says Jonathan Frieman in California.  That's why he carries incorporation papers for his California corporation with him everytime he hops into the HOV/carpool lane.  He figures, thanks to Citizens United, there are two "persons" in his car -- himself and his friend, his California corporation.  Now, he is challenging the traffic ticket he was issued for driving in the carpool with his "friend".  His defense? The California vehicle code defines "person" to include "a natural person, firm, copartnership, association, limited liability company, or corporation."  Since, he argues, he was driving in a lane restricted to vehicles with 2 or more "persons" and he and his corporation were in the car, then there was no basis for the ticket.  Ha!  




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