A visitor to the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr’s home found a horseshoe hanging on the wall. In mock surprise he said to the man of science, “Surely it can’t be that you of all people believe a horseshoe can bring you luck?” “No," replied Bohr. “But I understand it brings you luck whether you believe in it or not.”

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Duped by Goop

Before making health and wellness claims about products, companies should make sure the claims they are asserting are accurate. Accurate does not mean that customers stand by the product and agree with the claims -- the asserted claims must be backed by science. If...

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DO NOT THROW OUT THAT OLD DICTIONARY

DO NOT THROW OUT THAT OLD DICTIONARY

Do not throw out that old dictionary. Or, if you must, make sure that you have access to a place that keeps old books. The law is written in words. Often disputes arise over the meaning of words in contracts or statutes or constitutions. Recently, the United States...

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Statutory Interpretation and Sexual Orientation

Statutory Interpretation and Sexual Orientation

Statutory interpretation hardly is a sexy subject. But, competing views on how statutes should be interpreted are very much a current issue with respect to whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual...

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A New Parenthetical

A New Parenthetical

Not much has changed in proper legal citation since I began law school other than the fact that the current edition of the Blue Book is much thicker and has larger pages than the relatively compact edition that I bought in 1980. Compare THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM...

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The Use of Proper Disclaimers in Ads

We review many ads that contain very prominent headlines designed to catch the consumer’s attention and draw her into the ad to buy the advertised product.  You might ask, “What good is an ad that does not contain a prominent headline, intended to attract attention...

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