“The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday gave its verdict in a 100-year-old property inheritance case that had started in a court in Rajasthan in 1918.” The Indian state of Rajasthan, like Pakistan, was part of British India before partition. The top comment: “Our land case in Gaya, Bihar is also going on since 1919. … Our family purchased a part of this land in 1988. We were not told about the dispute. There are more than 30-40 claimants.” [Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India]
Report from the Washington, D.C. courts: “A woman who sued the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections for sexual discrimination is still awaiting the final resolution of her lawsuit 27 years after it was filed….The case has been before nine judges; a 10th will consider her dispute over interest this week.” [ABA Journal]
Only 44 years? By then a good case is just getting warmed up, right? Sixth Circuit Senior Judge Damon Keith has been hearing the Hamtramck, Mich. litigation since his days on the U.S. District Court, and is hoping it will be over soon. [ABA Journal]
“Thus passed another tense moment in what local officials say has become the town of Chevy Chase’s lengthiest, costliest, and most litigious neighborhood spat in recent memory. What began as a contested building permit six years ago has spiraled into a clash of wills, spawning five lawsuits, two misdemeanor convictions, arrests, anger-management classes, and a [no-contact] court order.” [Terrence McCoy, Washington Post] Last month we noted what one resident called the “farcically overregulated” state of land use controls in the affluent Maryland community, which is located just over the border from Northwest D.C.
On the other hand, it seems to be open season on opponents in the Nutmeg State: lawyers will continue to enjoy “absolute immunity” from being sued by their opponents on charges of fraud. “Donna Simms [client of the lawyers in question] said she wasn’t excited about the decision because she’s been involved in court proceedings with her ex-husband for three decades and there may be more legal fights.” [Insurance Journal]
“There is no reason in the world for a case to be tried 20 years after it was filed,” said Judge Deanne Wilson, who said she knew of nothing matching the case in the New Jersey courts. The judge was highly critical of the conduct of the defendants, a real estate family led by Minnesota Vikings owner Zygmunt “Zygi” Wilf, which she found had misappropriated funds owed to longtime business partners. [Ben Horowitz, Newark Star-Ledger, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and more, Field of Schemes]
TTABlog reports on the oldest pending case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
The prolonged yachting-world dispute is the “sporting world’s equivalent of Kramer v. Kramer.” [Hallman, AmLaw Daily]