— If you lack sufficient information as to why lawyers are hated as a class, you need only read the comments to this post by Peter Lattman of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The commenters appear to agree on only one thing: let pomposity, self-righteousness and rudeness ring throughout the land!
— News You Can’t Use. From the Deccan Herald, in Bangalore, India, here is a headline you don’t see much: "Come January, sheep will be insured!" Limit is 10 per shepherd, some income limits apply.
— December has been a crazy month for me for work, so I haven’t had much time to look at new coverage cases. Here’s one from a couple weeks back that bears mention: Blue & Gold Fleet, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 2006 WL 3480419 (Cal.App. December 1, 2006). The appeals court found St. Paul had no duty to defend under the Advertising Injury provisions of a CGL for allegations of "unfair business practices" made by a cruise line’s competitor. These had to do with alleged below-cost pricing and anti-trust violations. The court said these allegations did not fit into the advertising injury endorsement, which covers injuries arising out "libel, slander, defamation, violation of rights of privacy, piracy, unfair competition, or infringement of copyright, title or slogans." The unfair competition covered by the policy, the court said, is what is often called "passing off" your goods as those of another, and does not include all unfair business practices.