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August 26, 2008

Seinfeld v. Shakespeare. Clancy v. King (MD 2008)

     posted by Gary Rosin

The difference between the Maryland and the Delaware judiciaries?  Seinfeld and Shakespeare.  The recent opinion by Chancellor Chandler in R & R Capital, LLC v. Buck & Doe Run Valley Farms, LLC (discussed here and here) began and ended with references and quotations from Shakespeare.  The majority opinion by Justice Harrell of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Clancy v. King, No. 112/2007 (August 26, 2008) (slip op.) quoted from an episode of Seinfeld.  Id. at 28-29 n.27.  "Not that there's anything wrong with that [or that]."

Clancy v. King has so much going on that perhaps only a spy thriller could do it justice.  Start with the dramatis personae, which include the author Tom Clancy, his former wife, a limited partnership and a joint venture.  Add in provisions in the LP agreement allowing competition with the LP, and--surprise!--the application of the good faith standard. 

I'll have something to say about the opinion itself, but for now, the "brilliant" (perhaps I've been watching too much Doctor Who) use of what the Legal Profession Blog (Author! Author!) referred to as the "Wigmaster" episode, in which Seinfeld tries to return a suit "for spite."  According to the opinion by Justice Harrell, such an exercise would be in bad faith (not in good faith?).

There's a lot to be said about the Clancy v. King opinion, but let that be later.  For now, just reflect on a world of judicial references opened up by both the traditional and the contemporary.  Shakespeare and Seinfeld.  Though we may have to wait a bit for The Simpsons and South Park.

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So I get no credit for my scholarly citation to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ??

Tom Rutledge

Posted by: Tom Rutledge | Aug 28, 2008 3:29:26 PM

Well, you're not a judge. If you were, that would be extra credit. I quote from its "cover" when talking about the final: "Don't Panic." I have yet to see or accept "42" as an answer.

Posted by: Gary Rosin | Aug 28, 2008 3:57:47 PM

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