Friday, October 8, 2010


Did you know the Cubbies were sued
in '68 to install lights and schedule
night games?  Cubs win, Cubs win!
While reading for corporations, just now, I felt moved to share another legal gem with you. (You can actually skip the following paragraph of legal nonsense, I've just added it as a lovely garnish to show what we poor and subjugated schmucks, excuse me, law students and attorneys, have to stomach day in and day out - unless, of course, the schmuck is a schlemiel partner (thank you, Peter, for educating me on this latest in Yiddish), in which case some associate or intern does the reading.)
Plaintiff is a minority stockholder of defendant corporation, Chicago National League Ball Club (Inc.), a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Chicago, Illinois. Defendant corporation owns and operates the major league professional baseball team known as the Chicago Cubs. The corporation also engages in the operation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs' home park, the concessionaire sales during Cubs' home games, television and radio broadcasts of Cubs' home games, the leasing of the field for football games and other events and receives its share, as visiting team, of admission moneys from games played in other National League stadia. The individual defendants are directors of the Cubs and have served for varying periods of years. Defendant Philip K. Wrigley is also president of the corporation and owner of approximately 80% of the stock therein.
Shlensky v. Wrigley, 237 N.E.2d 776 (Ill. App. 1968).

My spell checker underlined the emphasized word in red, and I too found it strange.  Yet, a simple ctrl+shift+y (in Google Docs) revealed that, indeed,

sta·di·um Noun /ˈstādēəm/ 

noun: stadium

stadia pluralstadiums plural
  1. A sports arena with tiers of seats for spectators
  2. (in ancient Rome or Greece) A track for a foot race or chariot race
  3. An ancient Roman or Greek measure of length, about 185 meters
Wow, and I thought I was a geek for sometimes saying formulae rather than formulas.

Ah, the joys of early-morning law school readings.

One last thought:  Shlensky sounds awful close to the last name of our friends Peter and the used-car "distributor" . . .

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