Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Legal Tribute to Halloween

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In full Halloween spirit, here are a few fun legal things I found associated with the holiday.

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.  Stambovsky v. Ackley is a thrilling case in property law/contract law regarding the sale of a house inhabited by ghosts.  The court held that if the seller knows of a condition unlikely to be discovered by a careful and prudent buyer and impairs the value of the contract, nondisclosure of this condition represents a basis for rescission.  The judge’s opinion  is riddled with spooky puns for a fun read.

Laws can even haunt your Halloween fun.  Did you know in Walnut Creek, CA you can’t wear a mask or disguise without a permit?  If you pretend to be a clergyman in Alabama, you could be arrested and/or fined.  Possession of silly string on Halloween in Hollywood, CA will get you a $1000 fine!  For more wicked crazy laws, click here.

Halloween comes with a variety of spooky television specials.  Have you ever wondered what the repercussions were for Homer Simpson selling his soul to the Devil or Jack Skellington’s impersonation of Santa Clause in The Nightmare Before Christmas?  Could the Ghostbusters be charged for false imprisonment by the ghosts they trap?  Find the answers to these questions and more here.

Avoid scary predicaments by brushing up on your tort and criminal law as Trick or Treat rounds the corner.  Review premise liability, vandalism, and trespassing to avoid horrific legal consequences (read more here).

Have a happy and lawful Halloween!

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