A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of December 17-23.


Canadians Puzzled by Warning That Snow Globes May Cause Cancer

Kevin Underhill | Lowering the Bar

Canadians shopping at Lowe’s recently were surprised to learn that the decorative snow globes they were holding might trigger an allergic skin reaction, or even cause cancer. Or so said the warning labels.

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Party Till You Drop—Or, Till You Get Sued

Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

The new movie “Office Christmas Party,” though funny, depicts the kind of holiday pranks that result in not-so-funny real-life legal penalties that some general counsel know all too well. Philippe Weiss, managing director of Seyfarth Shaw at Work, the global law firm’s compliance subsidiary, says his group has dealt with actual events that mirror some of the movie’s more outrageous moments.

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Holiday Lawn Decorations: Family Fun or Lawsuit Fodder?

Nick Farr | Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A.’s Abnormal Use Blog

Every December, we decorate our house in traditional garb – a wreath on the front door and some garland around the mailbox. Simple, not over-the top. With small children, however, conservative decorations equates to no decorations at all. The children would much prefer a Griswold-esque display, including thousands of lights and giant inflatables.

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16 Holiday-Themed Lawsuits Even a Grinch Would Hate

The Reeves Law Group

To you the holidays may seem like a time of gift-giving, over-eating, self-reflection, and hope. However, not everyone feels that way. In fact, some people see the holidays as an opportunity to grinch out, particularly in the courts system. From anger over Christmas displays to ugly Hanukkah sweaters, the litigious are out in full force. Putting it all in perspective, we’ve compiled the 16 Holiday-Themed Lawsuits Even a Grinch Would Hate — the players, the parties, and the status. Let’s get started!

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