Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"A Person's a Person . . ."

In the Dr. Seuss classic, Horton Hears a Who!, the philanthropic pachyderm proclaims that "A person's a person no matter how small." The Supreme Court version might read, "A person's a person even a corporate cabal."

To draw attention to the claimed absurdity of the notion of corporate "personhood," a Marin County California man has, for the last ten years, been driving in the "2 person carpool" lane with a stack of corporate documents in the passenger seat hoping to be ticketed for a violation. He recently got his wish and challenged the ticket in court on the "a person's a person..." theory. No, he was not successful in obtaining a court's finding in his favor.  But then, I think his real object was to get bloggers like me to write about his case and suggest that it would be an amusing yet thought provoking example to use in your law classes. So, here it is.

Jonathan Frieman, JD, corporate avenger:

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