"A UK firm is currently trialling the device on all 520 of its legal staff, including partners. The firm has already achieved a 200 per cent increase in productivity this month compared to the same time last year," writes Lawyers Weekly.
Chester law firm Aaron & Partners claims to have launched an app "aimed at individuals in a partnership agreement who want to expel one of their partners". According to partnership law head Mark Briegal, the app enables unwanted partners to be "swiped out". (LegalCheek)
Elsewhere, family lawyers are celebrating the launch of a new "electronic" family court seal that makes the justice system "friendlier and less intimidating for children". Despite the legal aid cuts, it has been designed by specialist graphic artists for "an undisclosed sum".
Actual Case Law
For the criminal law prof: Winiarz v. State, 104 Nev. 43 (1988) (wife who killed husband claimed it was an accident done as part of an April Fools' routine gone wrong).
Dow Jones & Co., Inc v. Harrods, Ltd., 237 F.Supp.2d 394 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (British department store Harrods issued a press release that Chairman would issue an announcement about a plan to "float" Harrods, with journalists directed to contact "Loof Lirpa" (April Fool spelled backward). On April 1, 2002 the website described a decision to build a ship version of the store to be moored on the bank of the Thames River. Dow Jones didn't wait for the actual "announcement" and published an article reporting that Harrods planned to publicly list the company's shares. Once they realized it was an April Fools Joke, the Dow Jones was forced to print a correction, but also printed another story saying if Harrods ever went public investors would be wise to question its every disclosure. Defamation and other litigation ensued).
American Legacy Foundation v. Lorillard Tobacco Co., 886 A.2d 1 (Del. Ch. 2005) (April 1st advertising distributed by non-profit organization created with the proceeds from the master settlement of lawsuits against the tobacco companies, in which an actor purporting to be a tobacco company executive announced the recall of all cigarettes, acknowledged the health hazards of smoking and stated that cigarettes would stay off the market until the industry could offer a safe product followed by a voiceover proclaiming "April fools" did not amount to 'vilification' of the tobacco industry in violation of the settlement agreement.)