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Editor: Jeremy Telman
Oklahoma City University
School of Law

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Limerick of the Week

Basil20sweet In rejecting Mama Rizzo, Inc.'s arguments in Brookside Farms v. Mama Rizzo, Inc., Judge Kent wrote as follows:

"For the Court to allow Defendant to invoke the no-oral-modification clause after MRI itself induced and participated in the extended course of action it now complains of would be to convert the sale of basil leaves into a 'basil sale carcinoma' that would devour all reasonable commercial standards of behavior between merchants" (emphasis added).

Now I have my own standards for reasonable behavior, and I just didn't find the case Limerick-worthy.  But some of my students felt the phrase "basil sale carcinoma" needed to be memorialized in verse.  Facing an inevitable student rebellion, I composed the following in self-defense:

Brookside Farms v. Mama Rizzo's, Inc.

Addressing the judge as "Coxcomb-a,"
Mama Rizzo flew back to Roma.
In rejecting her Answer,
This judge has cured cancer,
The dread basil sale carcinoma.

[Jeremy Telman]

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