Monday Morning Mash-up: June 5, 2012

Fine, it’s Tuesday. Lay off me!

What a light week for the Courts of Appeals. All the Judges must have taken extended Memorial Day vacations. Or maybe they all had huge BBQ dinners and spent the rest of the week napping. I have no idea. But whatever the reasons, we got two Court of Appeals decisions last week. Two! And they were both from Division 1, so nothing from our friends in Division 2 or Division 3. (Of course, I’m now holding my breath for the avalanche this week. Ugh.)

Because we’re light on cases, we’ll be heavy on music this week. Cool? First song of the week is PJ Harvey’s On Battleship Hill.

The official video has some extra introductory spoken word stuff that is weird/interesting, but not part of the song itself. (You can read a bit about the making of the video via NPR here.) Apparently, the song is about the Battle of Chunuk Bair from World War I.

To fill the hole in your heart caused by the lack of Court of Appeals opinions, here’s a bonus song of the week! It’s one of my favorite songs of all time, and it has without a doubt my favorite song name of all time: Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard and Loses Soap by Of Montreal. The song has nothing to do with Dustin Hoffman. In fact, I have no idea what the song is about. For some reason, every song on the album has something to do with Dustin Hoffman and some sort of controversy with his wife and the family bathtub. Seriously. But it’s great and catchy and short and fun. Enjoy.

And with that, it’s on to last week’s cases, both of them:

Robert S. Moore v. Commercial Aircraft Interiors, LLC (Division 1, May 29, 2012) — on an employer’s ability to threaten suit against its former employees to prevent former employees from taking jobs with competitors.

Greenbank Beach and Boat Club, Inc. v. Dallas K. Bunney (Division 1, May 29, 2012) — on the “prelitigation bad faith” basis for awarding attorneys’ fees.


The [No Specific Day] Mash-up: June 1, 2012

Unfortunately, Ziff Blog is a one-man operation. So when Ziff takes a holiday, Ziff Blog takes a holiday. Memorial Day BBQs, tennis, lunch engagements, tater tots, and the driving range all got in the way of this week’s Monday Morning Mash-up. But have no fear, here it is, just in time to end your week on a high note!

And speaking of notes, here’s the Ziff Blog song of the week:  It’s Breaking Into Cars by The Raveonettes!

None of last week’s Court of Appeals cases has anything to do with breaking into cars, since I only do the civil cases, but they are still interesting. And don’t miss the unofficial song of the week: would-be Judge Foley with his campaign rap (performed by his daughter!) Continue reading

Regarding My Tardiness…

Regular readers (reader?) might have noticed that I’m a bit behind this week. It’s Tuesday afternoon, but I’ve yet to post a Monday Morning Mash-up! Why? Well, because I’ve yet to write posts for all of last week’s Court of Appeals decisions!

There are a few reasons for that. First of all, it seems like the Courts of Appeals picked last week to grant all the orders to publish previously unpublished decisions. That takes about two minutes for them, but it creates an entirely new opinion to review and a new post to draft for me. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Okay, I’ll stop being such a baby. Also, I was hosting my cousin this weekend and showing her around Seattle, which means I wasn’t going to spend my time working while she wandered the city alone. There’s only one Ziff at Ziff Blog, so when I’m not blogging no blogging gets done. And third, well, that’s none of your business!

Anyway… I’ll be back at it tomorrow, giving you the dry workmanlike legal analysis you’ve come to expect from Ziff Blog — and maybe a YouTube video or something too.