Sunday, September 24, 2006

Just call me Sam Spade

I've spent Friday and Saturday playing detective. It's tedious but surprisingly satisfying work.

The issue: Defendant A (whose product severely injured our client by falling on him and crushing his legs) claims that it never did business in the plaintiff's state and can't be sued there.

My mission: wade through several cd roms full of Defendant A's business records to find evidence that it actually did do business in the plaintiff's state, then prepare the papers to submit to Court to demonstrate that it can fairly and constitutionally exercise jurisdiction over Defendant A.

Fascinating, eh?

Strangely, though, it has been. And maybe it's a weird quirk in my character, but I actually enjoy this sort of work. I've scanned hundreds of invoices and contracts and memos and letters, and darned if I didn't find a whole batch of invoices showing that Defendant A has several regular suppliers in the key state. It orders thousands and thousands of dollars worth of materials every month from that state and has done for years.

Bingo.

I tell you, it's actually fun to write the pleadings. You know, pointing out how, when the defendant's lawyers said "Defendant A has NEVER done business in the state" they, um, just overlooked the years of weekly orders for supplies all coming from that state?

And now that my stake-out is over I can put away my binoculars and get back to my quilt.

4 comments:

Loretta said...

Good lawyerly detective work! I love when it all comes together for the client.

But I prefer quilting.

Shelina said...

I like research like that too. I don't have experience in the legal field - well I've read lots of legal documents in my banking job - but in my genealogy there is lots of paperwork to shuffle to find what you are looking for. I have lots of experience in that working on weekends thing too.
Congratulations on your find! Good luck with the rest of the case.

Gerrie said...

I saw your blog title and I thought you were persuing the vandals who broke your windows! I would enjoy this kind of work, too!

Debra said...

Now THAT would be fun law work!! Done similar kind of investigation work and enjoyed it completely. Wish there was a consulting firm where this could be the focus!