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Divorce Party?

Under the “you can’t make this up” category, you can now buy a divorce party.  Montreal VIP, who wants its customers to live like a VIP, is offering a Divorce Party Package.  I’ve attached it below:

Re-introduce yourself to single society with our divorce party package. Experience all the debauchery with zero guilt. Unlike your ex, our divorce parties will not take you to the cleaners with packages starting at $100 per person per night.

Free divorce party w/ purchase of bachelor party*
*Just like your marriage(s) this offer will not last forever, call for details.

  • Four star hotel with optional suite
  • Exclusive VIP nightlife with bottle service
  • VIP at the strip clubs
  • Champagne service at the strip clubs
  • Casino – you gambled once why not do it again!
  • VIP host
  • Fine dining reservation

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Incidentally, the details on the free offer:

Offer valid till Jan 1st 2008.

Divorce must be finalized within six months of legal marriage. Valid only to previous clients who have had their bachelor party with Montreal VIP. Client must present official legal proof of divorce and marriage in order to claim their free divorce party. Size of free divorce party must be equal to or smaller than previous bachelor party. Void where prohibited.

Everybody Loses

When I mediate a commercial case (or even a divorce case), a common misconception I run into is that litigants think that all judges and jurors act rationally and therefore, since they are right, will always believe and side with them over their adversaries.  The reality is that most judges are fair, as are most jurors, but everyone has biases and bad days.  As I point out to parties, that’s why Appellate Division and the Supreme Court were invented.

I always like to tell the story about the $54 million lawsuit in

Washington, DC over a lost pair of pants at a dry cleaner (I actually read this news article on my phone while waiting for an attorney to arrive at a mediation and used it in that mediation!).  Seems incredulous?  Surely this would be instantly thrown out of court.  Well, not only did it run through the court system but the plaintiff making the ludicrous claim was himself a judge!

Judge Roy Pearson lost his case against Custom Cleaners (and its owners, the Chung family).  However, what came afterward was even more profound.  First, the Chung’s cleaning business went under due to the burden of legal expenses in defending this case.  Second, Judge Pearson has now lost his job.  The Washington Post reports that a source close to the committee reviewing Judge Pearson for re-appointment did not turn down this re-appointment due to the dry cleaning case.  It was because “proceedings over which he had presided and found he did not demonstrate ‘appropriate judgment and judicial temperament,’ according a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.”  You would think one would be indicative of the other.

So, when you think you have nothing to lose, this case demonstrates that everyone has something to lose.

Continued…

Upgrades abound in life and my blog is no exception. I was using a software platform that is no longer supported and is not as robust as WordPress. The latter has so many additional features and is so much more secure. I will be making it look more pretty as time goes on. The old blog has been moved to this one now.

It’s been a while since I last posted. In the interim, I got married (I’ll need all my negotiating and mediating skills for this). We also took a trip to the west coast (where I used to live) to see many friends. So, please pardon my absence.

With that being said, on with the blogging!