1L Greatest Hits

One of the few good things about 1L first semester was the amount of cases I got to read. I liked the contrast of real life situations with legal reasoning; absurd reality with elegant legal prose. Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

The impression made on the refined ears of musical experts... are utterly immaterial on the issue of misappropriation; for the views of such persons are caviar to the general- and plaintiff's and defendant's compositions are not caviar. . .  -Arnstein v. Porter 1946

The sole exception to this rule lies with allegations that are sufficiently fantastic to defy reality as we know it: claims about little green men, or the plaintiff's recent trip to Pluto, or experiences in time travel. That is not what we have here.  -Souter, dissenting in Iqbal re: the plausibility standard

The possibility of an occasional fall does not warrant the widespread precautionary provision of chairs  -Barnes v. U.S. 2007

If, for instance, a man is born hasty and awkward, is always hurting himself or his neighbors, no doubt his congenital defects will be allowed for in the courts of Heaven, but his slips are no less troublesome to his neighbors than if they sprang from guilty neglect.  -Vaughan v. Menlove

Necessaries, in the technical sense, mean such things as are necessary to the support, use or comfort of the person of the minor, as food, raiment, lodging, medical attendance, and such personal comforts as comport with his condition and circumstances in life, including a common school education; but it has been pithily and happily said, that necessaries do not include horses, saddles, bridles, liquors, pistols, powder, whips and fiddles.  -Bowling v. Sperry