Creativity Magazine

Courtroom Fun With Plywood, Chairs, Apples & Security Cameras Gone Wild!

By Mrstrongest @mrstrongarm

Are you a cynical person who likes to think the worst of your fellow man? Of course not. You’re a kind, caring, loving person– that’s why you’re reading this blog…  : )

Be warned, however: reading this post might make you cynical. That’s because it’s time for another edition of… Loopy Lawsuits!

I do a cartoon illustration every month for Inside Counsel Magazine. It’s for a humor feature about unusual lawsuits. They send me brief summaries of four cases, I do a sketch for each, they pick the one they liked best.

The latest winner involves rap singer Flo Rida. He’s being sued by ADT Security Services for not paying the balance on a 27-camera home security system. Here’s the final:

cartoon illustration for legal magazine humor feature about strange lawsuits, suit involved rap singer Flo Rida who refused to pay for home security system, cartoon shows courtroom filled with security cameras watching everyone's movements

A South Dakota man was injured when a gust of wind blew sheets of plywood off a loading cart at a store. I saw a gavel-happy judge filling in for the wind. 

cartoon illustration for strange lawsuit involving windblown plywood that caused injury, judge slamming gavel causing panels of judge's bench to fly off and hit lawyer and witness, and ceiling to fall on jurors

Emeco Industries is suing Restoration Hardware for selling a knockoff version of
its Navy Chair, which Emeco first made for U.S. Navy warships and submarines in 1944. Restoration wasn’t shy about lifting the design: it called its version the Naval Chair. After Emeco filed suit, however, it decided on a new name: the Aluminum Standard Side Chair.

The navy and copyright infringement both suggested piracy. And it seemed only right to include Popeye on the all-sailor jury.

cartoon illustration for lawsuit involving trademark violation by company which manufactured Navy Chair virtually identical to another company's design, lawyer showing chair to pirate in witness box, judge at helm of ship's steering wheel, jurors dressed as sailors including Popeye

Apple, Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc., is suing a Polish grocer for using a.pl as part of its domain name, thereby infringing on Apple’s trademark name.

This one had me scratching my head for awhile. The .pl is perfectly legitimate because it’s the internet country code top-level domain for Poland. And Apple doesn’t use the letter ‘a’ as part of its brand– so where was the conflict?

Then it hit me: a.pl looks like some weird abbreviation for “apple”! If someone asked you to “pronounce” a.pl, what would you say? “Apple,” right? Seems like a stretch to say this amounts to copyright violation, but apparently there’s also a look-alike logo involved.

I saw a courtroom full of fruit bins, and a friendly neighborhood grocer using computer monitors to “label” same:

cartoon illustration about lawsuit involving Apple Computer and a Polish grocer's website domain name, grocer in witness box using computer screens as signs for his fruit bins, judge eating apples, jurors buried in fruit bins

And here’s the original sketch for the security system lawsuit:

rough sketch for cartoon illustration for legal magazine humor feature about strange lawsuits, suit involved rap singer Flo Rida who refused to pay for home security system, cartoon shows courtroom filled with security cameras watching everyone's movements

But wait– there’s a bonus!

Last month’s winner involved ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s. The Vermont company sued Caballero Video over the latter’s “Ben & Cherry” porn film series, which included titles like Boston Cream Thighs and Peanut Butter D-Cups, which mimic the names of Ben & Jerry’s flavors. A federal judge has blocked Caballero from marketing the series, at least for now.

I had a vision of an unusual dairy-esque “starlet” in the witness box.

cartoon illustration for strange lawsuit magazine humor feature involving porn movie maker who based his porno film titles on Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor names, busty cow porn movie starlet on witness stand while judge, lawyer, and jury eat ice cream

What do you think? Do you have any security cameras watching your birdfeeder?
how about the freezer where you keep your high-fat super-premium ice cream?? I’d
never heard of a Navy Chair– had you? Hope you’ll leave a comment.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

If you enjoyed this post, I invite you to get updates. Just click the Get Updates button in the sidebar below the Portfolio Thumbnails, or click + Follow in the blog menu bar.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Fun with Telemarketers!

    ► Play the good times ... The phone rings at my buddy's house, we can see from the caller ID that it is some type of telemarketer, the number that is displayed... Read more

    By  Dailydoseofmusings
    HUMOR, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Block Printing with Fun Foam DIY

    Block Printing with Foam

    I dont know how many of you are in the situation of sending your little one off to kindergarten but we have just sent our baby girl off to face the big unknown... Read more

    By  Tampster1
    ART & DESIGN, CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Style Gone Wild: Why We Can't Shake The 1970s

    Style Gone Wild: Can't Shake 1970s

    image credit It's hard to take the '70s seriously: the decade usually reduced to a shag-carpeted, bell-bottomed punch line. And while the '70s did include its... Read more

    By  Gerard
    HUMOR, RANDOM
  • Conflicting Schedules & Farty-Chairs

    Conflicting Schedules Farty-Chairs

    I have conflicting schedules today. I think. I’m not totally sure, because the latest updated rehearsal call email went MIA and I haven’t heard back from the... Read more

    By  Shewritesalittle
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Gone!

    Gone!

    It's too hard to say goodbye. Especially to the love of your life. How do you let go?Give me that one last glanceBefore you leave me, give me a chanceOne last... Read more

    By  Chhavivatwani
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • "Your Honor" In Michigan Gets A Witness Pregnant To Join Our Growing List of...

    "Your Honor" Michigan Gets Witness Pregnant Join Growing List "Judges Gone Wild"

    Judge Wade McCree bares allA judge in Detroit has been suspended after reports that he was having sex with a woman who had a child-support case in his court. Read more

    By  Rogershuler
    LEGAL, SOCIETY
  • Swedish Gustavian Chairs

    Swedish Gustavian Chairs

    In November I've posted about a lovely Gustavian settee before so today whilst browsing Skona Hem I saved my favorite Gustavian chairs in my inspiration folder. Read more

    By  Europeanchic1
    HOME, INTERIOR DESIGN

Magazines