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Friday, November 13, 2020

Weekend Frivolity: Joni Mitchell on the Parol Evidence Rule

We have it on good authority that Joni Mitchell's song "California" is about the parol evidence rule.  When she says that Paris is "too old and cold and settled in its ways," she is really talking about New York.  When she says "cold," she is referencing the icehouse in Mitchill v. Lath, when she says "old," she is noting that Mitchill is an old case, and the fact that her name is Joni Mitchell is a dead giveaway, even though she tried to fool us by varying the spelling.  The lyric "Oh, but California . . ." clearly indicates her preference for Judge Traynor's approach to the parol evidence rule.  Listen for yourself:

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Thank you for this. It was a wonderful break from a dreary day.

Posted by: Cheryl Preston | Nov 14, 2020 9:20:14 AM