Skip to main content

Big Eddie C Goes After the Marlins!

Hat tip to my pal Tim Elfrink for catching this classic Ed Carnes opinion:
A federal judge recently gave them permission to go forward with a class-action claim, and he hilariously threw shade at the team -- and its "unremarkable record" -- in his ruling.

The opinion comes via Judge Ed Carnes, chief justice for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Carnes is apparently a baseball buff -- or at least decided to a have a little fun with his November 14 ruling.

Here's how he began:
"After a ghostly voice told him "If you build it, he will come," Ray Kinsella turned his corn field into a ballpark to lure "Shoeless" Joe Jackson out of his eternal retirement. Apparently without hearing any voice but their own, the Miami Marlins built a state-of-the-art 37,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof hoping to lure their fans out of retirement, or at least out of the apathy induced by South Florida's sultry summers and the Marlins' unremarkable record."
Snap! But what about those workers' claims of unfair compensation, Judge Carnes?
"If the allegations in the complaint are taken as true," Carnes continues, "one of the contractors disregarded a non-baseball axiom: When you hire workers to 'build it,' you had better pay them the wages they are due under the Fair Labor Standards Act."
Oh, judicial humor.
 Hard to improve on that.


  1. Big Eddie C's official title is not "chief justice."

  2. Someone needs to buy Chief Judge Carnes a Shoeless Joe Jackson jersey for the holidays.

  3. I'm a pleasure seeker
    Shoppin' for a new distraction
    I'm a pleasure seeker
    Lookin' for some platinum action

    I'm a pleasure seeker
    Movin' to the muzak
    I'm a pleasure seeker
    Lookin' for the real thing

  4. Smart. Field of Dreams clip too obvious.

  5. What is that sound I hear GW? Oh, it is the sound of gay marriage being flushed down the toilet along with Ginsberg's health.

    Good luck ever having it declared constitutional by SCOTUS without her on the Court - the Conservative Justices are absolutely evil enough to prolong this long enough to wait for her replacement, who obviously they hope would come from a Republican President with a Republican Senate.

    You and your buddies better get on the fucking march and figure out how you will get a democrat elected President in 2016, or it is game over for the next 30 or 40 years. I will gladly join your march, but will be the one dressed not like a fruitcake - I say that with love.

  6. RBG got a stent. This is not a terribly serious procedure. She'll recover.

    As for you 11:32, there is no hope.

  7. Don't throw away my vote tough guy - I am with you on this one.

  8. Right now we are gaining public opinion on gay rights in a way that will soon make the courts irrelevant. No gloom and doom here, but I never turn away any support.

    There is no wrong reason to do the right thing.

  9. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Kind of Federal Judge!

Sure we have Scott Rothstein and his lovely Tom James clothier Romina Sifuentes, but Louisiana has ED LA judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr.:
A federal judge from Louisiana who had run up big gambling debts routinely solicited money and gifts from lawyers with cases before his court, Congressional investigators said Tuesday as the House opened impeachment hearings in the judge’s case. The judge, G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Federal District Court, had more than $150,000 in credit card debt by 2000, mostly for cash advances spent in casinos, investigators said. Judge Porteous’s requests for cash became so frequent that one New Orleans lawyer said he started trying to dodge the judge.“He began to use excuses that he needed it for tuition, he needed it for living expenses,” the lawyer, Robert Creely, told a House Judiciary Committee task force. “I would avoid him until I couldn’t avoid him anymore.”
Mr. Creely said he and his law partner, Jacob Amato, gave Judge Porteous an estimated $20,000 o…

Honoring Richard C. Seavey

I drank a shit-ton of bourbon last night. Enough to float a battleship.

My head hurts. But not as much as my heart.

We lost another lawyer over the weekend. Not someone who will receive facebook accolades and other public claims of friendship and statements that he shaped and changed lives and careers. Just a guy who did the best he could with what he had. Every day. And he did very, very well to be the best person he could be. 
Richard Seavey was a profoundly private person. In his 49 years, he walked through more than his share of trials and tribulations, mostly asking for no help, leaning on no one. 

Richard was a fantastic lawyer. He could try a case. He could "litigate" a case. He could mediate and settle a case. He was nuanced. He bent but never broke. The blustery Miami lawyer never scared him. To the contrary, he found humor in it, studying it like a science project. Richard never got too high or too low. He was good at lawyering, but you got the f…

First Carnival Triumph Lawsuit on File!

It was filed in the SD FL (of course) and is pending before Judge Graham.

Check it out here.

The lawyer on the pleading is Marcus R. Spagnoletti.