Dinner and a Casebook

because, as a culture, we've officially run out of legal culinary puns

spaetzle & corporate citizenship

spaetzle &

This is smittenkitchen’s spaetzle recipe, except I’ve reserved half of it to deal with tomorrow. The actual dish is sauteed with caramelized onions and topped with grated “New Zealand Swiss cheese” and parsley flakes. I miss real garnishes.


I’ve successfully purchased curry powder, though! This is a big step forward. My pantry’s chock-full of things that would be seriously improved by currying: lentils, butternut squash, basmati rice… I’m so ready for this.


Bank of U.S. v. Deveaux, 9 U.S. 61 (1809). This is one of several cases in which states tried to tax the Bank of the U.S., which didn’t go well. The Court here holds that if you’re suing a corporation, you’re really suing all of its shareholders individually, and so jurisdiction has to be worked out that way. This concept lasted all the way until 1844, and then was stymied by railroads.

“What is a corporation aggregate? It is a collection of many individuals united into one body, under a special name, having perpetual succession under an artificial form, and vested, by the policy of the law, with the capacity of acting in several respects as an individual. 1 Kyd. on Corp. 13. To say that it is an ‘ens civile, a jus habendi et agendi, an ens rationis, a mere metaphysical being, and that it rests only in consideration and intendment of law,’ are terms calculated to mislead the understanding.”


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