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Who Says Lawyers Don’t Have A Sense Of Humor?

By:      Pamela A. Lee, Esquire

Have you heard this oldie but goodie?
            What did a lawyer name her daughter?  Sue!
                        Or:
            It was so cold today that I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets!
Who says lawyers don’t have a sense of humor?

Many lawyers have quite a sense of humor. However, because our profession is an adversarial process, our business is very serious most of the time.  Therefore, when an opportunity arises where we can take more creative liberties, we rejoice, celebrate and share the achievement.

One way in which lawyers occasionally take such creative liberties is in the cease and desist letter.  A cease and desist letter asks a potential defendant to stop conducting an illegal activity or face further legal action if the activity does not stop. Although a cease and desist letter is usually threatening and intimidating, when they are clever and even funny they can achieve the same results as litigation – stopping the illegal activity – without the expense.

This holiday season, I’ve taken a break from blogging about the law – sort of.  Instead, I’ve compiled a few of the funnier cease and desist letters for your enjoyment and reading pleasure.

Check out Bud Light’s cease and desist “letter” to Modist Brewing Company – read by a town crier – asking the brewer to stop calling its new brew “Dilly Dilly Double IPA”:

For fans of Netflix’s show Stranger Things, below is Netflix’s cease and desist letter that it sent to the owner of an unauthorized pop-up bar using a Stranger Things theme:

Jack Daniels should get an award for its attorney’s penning the nicest cease and desist letter.  For Jack Daniel’s response to an author who used the famous Tennessee whiskey’s label as the cover for his satirical novel, see here:

Responses to cease and desist letters can be just as entertaining.  See Jeff Britton’s – owner of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery – comical response to Starbucks’ cease and desist letter regarding a beer he called Frappicino:

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

The attorneys at the Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP can help.  Contact Pamela A. Lee, Esquire at 610-565-5700, or send her an e-mail at plee@dioriosereni.com
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