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How to Get Sued: An Instructional Guide Hardcover – June 3, 2008

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J. Craig Williams (Newport Beach, CA) is the founding member of WLF/The Williams Lindberg Law Firm, PC. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, with emphasis on environmental, real estate, land use, and technology matters. Mr. Williams is creator of the popular blog “May It Please the Court” (www.mayitpleasethecourt.com), which gets more than 13,000 hits daily and is a three-time award winner from the Los Angeles Press Club. His views also are featured on Legal Talk Network (www.legaltalknetwork.com), where he is a co-host on “Lawyer2Lawyer.” Mr. Williams is a frequent speaker and lecturer, and has taught at the University of California at Irvine, Stanford Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, and Chapman University School of Law. He also has spoken for and been a panelist for numerous Continuing Legal Education programs through such organizations as the New York State Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, the Celtic Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the National Association of Legal Assistants, among others. Mr. Williams earned his JD, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427797714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427797711
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,848,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Nye on March 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that I looked forward to reading just because I'm a big fan of Craig Williams and his blog, May It Please The Court. The book promotes itself on the front cover by declaring that it is the "lighter side of how 'real life' becomes 'real litigation'".

Unfortunately, I didn't find the book all that enjoyable to read. Why? I guess the simple reason is that Williams tries to show the lighter side of a variety of cases but - at least for me - he often narrowly misses the mark.

First, let me acknowledge that performing comedy is hard (I know - I do stand up comedy locally). But writing comedy, or at least writing with a light comedic touch, is even more difficult. As I was reading this book, my overwhelming impression was that Williams was trying just a bit too hard to come across as humorous.

The entire book is basically a summary of hundreds of cases - some of them quite odd cases - and what can happen to get folks in trouble with the law. After briefly describing the facts, Williams then gives you his impression of the case and how it might serve as a lesson.

Take the following example from his chapter on Committing a Crime:

Pass the Garden Hose, Pleas.
"Mom, there's Fred taking a shower outside again."
That's pretty much the money quote for this case.
Again, right out of the article first posted at [...]
"According to police, 49-year-old Fred Michaux of Vineland, New Jersey, was seen by a mother and her two young daughters as he showered himself with a garden hose on his front lawn at around 4 o'clock in the afternoon."
There are outside showers, and there are outside showers. Apparently Fred has a penchant for three things: no clothes, outside, and a garden hose.
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