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Star Trek Panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con

We had an amazing time at our first Silicon Valley Comic Con. Thank you to everyone who filled our seminar room on Sunday morning....

What Countries Can X-23 Claim Citizenship?

Logan is an excellent X-Men movie. One basic human question in the film is the legal status of the “new mutants” that were born...

Data: The Measure of A Property Challenge

In the Star Trek The Next Generation episode "The Measure of A Man," Data is put on trial about whether he is a sentient being. Picard's...

Rogue One: The Jedha Ambush & The Law

The Empire’s vile use of the Death Star, enslavement of entire worlds, and wrinkly psychopathic ruler generally don’t make for good examples when it...

Can the Hand be Prosecuted for Distributing Synthetic Heroin?

Marvel’s Iron Fist episode “Under Leaf Pluck Lotus,” included the Hand using Rand Enterprises as a front to sell synthetic heroin. The over-the-top sexy women pushing...

#TBT: Buffy is back (from the dead)!

I’ve been listening to the songs from Once More with Feeling a lot lately. And then I learned that it was twenty years...

Star Wars

Rogue One: The Jedha Ambush & The Law

The Empire’s vile use of the Death Star, enslavement of entire worlds, and wrinkly psychopathic ruler generally don’t make for good examples when it comes to abiding by the law of war. Nevertheless, just...

The New Republic v. Admiral Rae Sloane: The Case Against Star Wars’ Most Wanted...

For the average Imperial officer, being deemed the “most wanted Imperial war criminal” is pretty low on the list of desirable titles, alongside “Vader Force-choke practice dummy,” “Palpatine dental hygienist,” and “airlock tester.” In...

The Rebel Bunch: The Legal Status of Rebel Fighters in Rogue One

  Warning: Rogue One spoilers ahead. “You’re all rebels, aren’t you?” With all the moving pieces in Rogue One, don’t feel bad if you came away a little confused about how exactly the Rebel Alliance is composed. After...

Who Owns the Millennium Falcon?

In The Force Awakens, the Millennium Falcon starts out in the hands of Unkar Plutt, who stole it from the Irving Boys, who stole it from Gannis Ducain, who stole it from Han Solo,...

The Dark Side Made Me Do It

Could Anakin Skywalker argue the insanity defense for the decades he spent as an agent of evil? Could Anakin claim he was legally insane while following the Dark Side, thus not guilty for crimes...
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The Original Sin of Gamma Bombs & Proximate Cause

Marvel's Original Sin limited series Hulk vs Iron Man has a simple premise: Tony Stark was paid $500,000 (Stark's Daily Rate) and 2 Bottles...

Does Thor Working with the US Government Violate the Establishment Clause?

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” United States Constitution, Amendment I,...

She-Hulk and Daredevil Do Not Know California Trial Procedure

She-Hulk #9 is a courtroom drama with Daredevil facing off against She-Hulk in Los Angeles Superior Court over the wrongful death case of Sam...

The Giant-Man Sized Murder-For-Hire Issues in Ant-Man

Nick Spencer in The Astonishing Ant-Man has introduced a very unique concept: a super-villain app for hiring henchmen called “Hench: Every Villain’s Private Army.”...

Tony Stark vs Ant-Man: Battle Over Advertising Using Iron Man’s Likeness Without Consent

Marvel’s Ant-Man by Nick Spencer is giant size fun that packs the strength of a comic 100 times it size. Scott Lang takes on his...

Can the Klingon Empire Sue Earth for Damages Caused by V’Ger?

Star Trek The Motion Picture opened with the excitement of three Klingon K’t’inga battle cruisers attacking an alien cloud. All three Klingon vessels were...

Axanar: Boldly Going Where No Fan Film Has Gone Before

By Neel Chatterjee and Cathy Shyong There is no greater fan base than the fan base for Star Trek. Trekkies love celebrating the original TV...

Assumption of Risk & Star Trek Red Shirts

There are some jobs so inherently dangerous that there is only the knowing assumption of risk for engaging in the activity. One such job...

Boldly Going- Lawyers & Star Trek

Star Trek is one of the most successful and enduring science fiction stories of the last 45 years. In addition to heroic tales of...

Ever Wonder How to Properly Cite the Prime Directive?

New York Judge Richard A. Dollinger wrote a very straightforward opinion on the standards for attorney disqualification in New York. The Court stated in its...

When Expert Witnesses Do Not Attain Kolinahr

It truly is a no win scenario when a Judge excludes the expert witnesses of two adverse parties. How did this happen? The case involved...
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Blockbuster Legal Analysis

Captain America

Movies That Make Lawyers Think “Wait a Minute…”

Lawyers always see the world through code sections and case law. For anyone related to a lawyer, married to a lawyer, or dating a lawyer,...

What is Hydra’s Legal Status?

Captain America The First Avenger features Hydra under the leadership of the Red Skull as the principal World War II villains. Hydra begins as...

Geeking Out Over Captain America: Winter Soldier

Comic book fans around the world have been geeking out over the preview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie looks fun. http://youtu.be/NLWsK1ZFunA The Winter...

Daredevil & Jessica Jones

Daredevil Into the Ring (and Confession)

Daredevil is here on Netflix, and man, do we have great legal issues just in the first episode. As a preliminary matter, that toxic waste...

Hope for a Purple Man Insanity Defense

Kilgrave, AKA The Purple Man, has the ability to make people do his bidding, whether it is preparing him dinner or killing someone. In...

Can Matt Murdock be Disbarred for Vigilantism?

Daredevil the Series is nearly here. Finally: a lawyer who is a super-hero. Many geeks, and geeky lawyers, will be binge-watching Netflix starting on...

Supergirl

Analysis from season one of Supergirl!

Agents of SHIELD

General Talbot Should Not Grab a Major’s Face

Pretty sure General Talbot on Agents of SHIELD will be subject to an internal affairs investigation due to 1) rounding up all the female...

Are Targeted Killings of HYDRA Agents on Kree Moons Legal?

The Agents of SHIELD mid-season taught a powerful life lesson: Revenge missions result in evil being released on Earth, specifically in the forms of Lash...

The Fonz Would Not Be Cool with Jiaying Sending Mr. Hyde...

Jiaying ordering Calvin “Mr. Hyde” Zabo to be dropped off in Milwaukee would not have a “Happy Days” ending on Agents of SHIELD. Jiaying’s...