The Love Boat and Gerald Bard Tjoflat at Forty-Five Years!

This 11th Circuit Opinion turns on Maritime "Law" and Supplemental Admiralty Rule B, regarding a lawsuit “for fraud based on the purchase of what was, at one point, the boat . . . that appeared in the show, "The Love Boat.” " Cool! Take a look-see if Supplementary Admiralty Rule B floats your boat.

Judge Tjoflat was on the panel that decided the case. We took a gander at his Wiki page here and realized that on October 7 the Judge will celebrate his 45th anniversary on the federal bench!

For those who have never been in court when GBT rips a lawyer a new one, it is a sight. You don't want to be in that dude's cross-hairs. He has always had a finely-tuned bullshit detector and does not suffer fools well. Conversely, if you ever catch him at a seminar happy hour, don't be shy: buy him a scotch and talk Duke basketball and you'll wind up his new BFF.

Congratulations on 45 years of service on the Federal Courts, Judge.

NB: Judge Tjoflat's appointment puts a fine point on the extent to which the times have changed (as does that HORRIBLE TV intro to "The Love Boat.")
President Richard M. Nixon nominated Tjoflat to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on October 7, 1970. Confirmed by the Senate on October 13, 1970, he received commission three days later.
Six days from nomination to confirmation to the District Court. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
President Gerald Ford nominated Tjoflat to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on November 3, 1975. Confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 1975, he received his commission the next day.
Release the blue slip, Marco.


  1. What a lucky duck. No confirmation hearing?

  2. Graham is the worst opinion I have ever read.

  3. Issac serves a mean Gibson.


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