A New Form of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Two Battling Lawyers Ordered to Play a Game of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'
According to an article at CNNMoney.com, yesterday a Flordia federal judge ordered that two bickering lawyers resolve their scheduling dispute by playing a game of "rock, paper, scissors" on the stairs of the courthouse. (Read the amusing order)
Judge Gregory A. Presnell of Orlando ordered the unusual measure after two Tampa lawyers could not agree on where to hold a deposition, even though both of their offices are in the same buliding just four floors apart.
The judge characterized the disagreement as "the latest in a series of Gordian knots that the parties have been unable to untangle without enlisting the assistance of the federal courts," which led him to order each attorney "accompanied by one paralegal who shall act as an attendant and witness," to play the dispositive round of RPS on June 30 - with the winner being given the momentous prize of selecting the location of the deposition.
Thank God someone in this case has a sense of humor. Maybe during the next ridiculous procedural battle the judge can mix things up a bit an order a quick arm wrestling match.