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VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
Carmela Allevato was appointed for a two-year term as a member of the
Passenger Transportation Board, just in time for Uber.
The Lawyers Weekly reported in 2010 that employees in the Birmingham
office of Eversheds received a Valentine’s Day e-mail as follows: “Roses are
red, Violets are blue, I’ve done my time sheets, How about you?”
A court in Georgia granted a lawyer’s motion to adjourn a trial so that he
could attend the 2018 Rose Bowl and cheer for his alma mater’s football
team. The judge noted: “Plaintiff’s counsel recites in exquisite detail his
relationship to the University of Georgia and the importance of a certain
upcoming athletic contest to himself and his alma mater. Counsel may rest
assured that the Court is well aware of the upcoming Rose Bowl Game and
its importance to the University of Georgia faithful.” The court added that if
the team lost, “Plaintiff’s counsel must appear before this Court at 9:00 a.m.
on January 3rd and show cause as to why he should not be held in contempt
for failing to secure a Bulldog victory through his presence in Pasadena.”
The RAS syndrome is an acronym for “Redundant Acronym Syndrome”.
This is the use of a word that is already included in an acronym. Indeed the
“S” in RAS makes the word “syndrome” redundant. Another example is
“ATM machine”. This stands for “Automated Teller Machine”, so to talk of an
ATM machine is to use a redundancy.
Chief Justice Bird, concurring in the 1979 Supreme Court of California case
of Guglielmi v. Spelling-Goldberg Productions (in which the alleged nephew of
“world-renowned silent motion picture actor” Rudolph Valentino, who died
in 1926, unsuccessfully sought damages and injunctive relief based on what
he claimed to be misappropriation of his uncle’s right of publicity in a television
production), noted: “Valentino was a Hollywood star. His life and
career are part of the cultural history of an era. As the title of respondents’
film suggests, Valentino became a ‘legend,’ a symbol of the romantic screen
idol and lover. His lingering persona is an apt topic for poetry or song, biography
The Health Professions Review Board saw the reappointment of R.M. John
D. Orr, Q.C., and Donald A. Silversides, Q.C., for terms until December 31,
2021, and Lorianna Bennett and Douglas S. Cochran for terms until
December 31, 2022.
All things being equal, if your birthday is any day except February 29, the
odds of you sharing your birthday with anyone should be approximately